The deadline for a popular state scholarship program is quickly approaching for Oklahoma high school students who just completed the 10th grade.
June 30 is the deadline for those students to enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise, a state scholarship program that allows high school students – from families whose annual income is $50,000 or less – to earn a college tuition scholarship. Special income provisions apply to children adopted from certain court-ordered custody and children in the custody of court-appointed legal guardians.
“It’s never too early to start planning for a college education. However, this is the last chance for high school sophomores to sign up for Oklahoma’s Promise,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Oklahoma’s Promise provides many Oklahoma high school students the opportunity to earn a college tuition scholarship. We encourage every eligible student, especially high school sophomores, to sign up for the program today.”
The Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship covers college tuition for up to five years until the completion of a bachelor’s degree at any public college or university in the state. It will also pay a portion of the tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private institution or for courses at public career technology centers that are approved for credit toward an Associate in Applied Science degree at a public college. The scholarship amount does not include fees, books, supplies, or room and board.
Students must enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise during eighth, ninth or 10th grade. Students who just finished their 10th-grade year will not be eligible to enroll after the June 30 deadline.
After students enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise, they must attend class regularly, take a 17-unit college preparatory curriculum, pass those courses with at least a 2.5 GPA and achieve an overall GPA of at least 2.5 to earn the scholarship. Students must also agree to stay out of serious trouble and avoid drugs and alcohol.
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.
Since its inception, more than 135,000 students have enrolled in the program. An estimated 18,300 students will receive Oklahoma’s Promise scholarships this fall. Since 1996, college students have received more than $480 million in scholarships through the program.
Oklahoma's Promise is recognized by many as one of America's best college access programs and is considered a model that emphasizes both academic preparation and financial support for college. For more information about Oklahoma’s Promise or to apply online, visit www.okpromise.org. Information is also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 800-858-1840.