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June 25, 2007 :: Enrollment Deadline Fast Approaching for Popular Scholarship Program

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The deadline for a popular state scholarship program is quickly approaching for Oklahoma high school students who just completed the 10th grade.

July 2 is the final day those students can enroll for Oklahoma’s Promise, a state scholarship program that allows high school students from families whose annual income is $50,000 or less to earn free college tuition.

“This is the last chance for sophomores to sign up for a program that could change their lives,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Oklahoma’s Promise will pay their college tuition, but the key is, they must sign up no later than the end of their sophomore year of high school.”

The Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship covers college tuition for up to five years at any public college or university in the state. It will also pay a portion of the tuition at an accredited private institution or for select courses at public career technology centers. The scholarship amount does not include items such as other required fees, books, supplies, or room and board.

Students must enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise during their eighth-, ninth-, or 10th-grade year. The scholarship program cannot accept applications for the 2006-2007 school year after July 2. Therefore, students who just finished their 10th-grade year will not be eligible to enroll after this deadline.

After students enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise, they must attend class regularly, take a 17-unit curriculum and pass those courses with at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA), and achieve at least an overall 2.5 GPA to earn the scholarship. Students must also agree to stay out of serious trouble and avoid drugs and alcohol.

Since its inception, more than 73,000 students have enrolled in the program. An estimated 18,000 students will receive Oklahoma’s Promise scholarships this coming fall, and that number is expected to increase to 21,000 by fall 2010. Since 1996, college students have received nearly $100 million in scholarships through the program.

The Oklahoma Legislature created Oklahoma’s Promise in 1992 as an incentive for middle and high school students to commit to academic success and prepare for college. Officially named the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program, the Legislature agreed in 2006 to also refer to the scholarship program as “Oklahoma’s Promise.”

Students who just completed their sophomore year must act quickly to meet the July 2 deadline. To save time, students are strongly encouraged to use the online application at www.okpromise.org. More information about the program is also available at that Web site, or students can call (800) 858-1840.

Editors note: OHLAP (Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program) is transitioning its name to Oklahoma’s Promise.