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June 20, 2011 - Deadline for Popular Scholarship Program Fast Approaching RSS feed

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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.

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 free college tuition. 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. “The state of Oklahoma provides a wonderful opportunity for many Oklahoma students to earn a tuition scholarship. This is an opportunity that students in most other states don’t have. We encourage every eligible student to sign up for the program before the June 30 deadline.”

The Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship covers college tuition for up to five years or 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 items such as 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, 2011 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 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 are in the fourth year of a multi-year campaign aimed at increasing enrollment in Oklahoma’s Promise and overall awareness of the program. The television, radio and print ads target parents and encourage 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 significant 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 110,000 students have enrolled in the program. An estimated 20,900 students will receive Oklahoma’s Promise scholarships this coming fall, and that number is expected to increase to 21,300 by fall 2012. Since 1996, college students have received more than $300 million in scholarships through the program.

Oklahoma's Promise is recognized by many as America's best college access program 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 e-mailing okpromise@osrhe.edu or by calling (800) 858-1840.