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June 20, 2008 :: Enrollment Deadline Fast Approaching for Popular Scholarship Program

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June 30 is the deadline for students who just completed the 10th grade 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 free college tuition.

“This is the last chance this year for high school sophomores to sign up for a program that will pay for their college tuition,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Oklahoma’s Promise changes the future for many Oklahoma families by providing an opportunity for a college degree that might not otherwise exist.”

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 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 2007-2008 school year after June 30. 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.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently launched a three-year campaign aimed at increasing enrollment in and awareness of Oklahoma’s Promise.

The television, radio and print ads target parents and stress enrolling their students in Oklahoma’s Promise before the June 30 deadline.

Since the campaign’s launch, the State Regents have received a record number of inquiries about Oklahoma’s Promise, and there has been a 91 percent increase in the number of online applications received.

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 81,000 students have enrolled in the program. An estimated 19,000 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 over $140 million in scholarships through the program.

Students who just completed their sophomore year must act quickly to meet the June 30 deadline. For more information or to apply online go to www.okpromise.org, or call (800) 858.1840.