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June 2010

OSU-OKC to Guarantee Education for Students Who Stay in School


Guaranteed Education
Dr. Larry Edwards, OSU-OKC Academic Affairs vice president, watches as a graduating Westwood Elementary School fifth grader signs a letter of intent to stay in school.

OSU-Oklahoma City is providing a chance of a lifetime to fifth-graders at Westwood Elementary School by awarding a supplemental scholarship to attend OSU-OKC, covering tuition, fees and books. Thirty students received the scholarship at a ceremony held in May 27 at Exchange Avenue Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

Westwood Elementary will see approximately 40 percent of their students drop out before completing high school and only 13 percent attend college.

“As a campus with strong ties to our community — both local and citywide — OSU-Oklahoma City felt the obligation to reach out to one of our neighborhood schools,” says Dr. Larry Edwards, OSU-OKC Academic Affairs vice president. “My hope is that each of these children realize that she or he can be successful in their lives if they make the right choices and don’t squander the opportunities they have.”

OSU-OKC will continue communication with the students throughout their educational journey to college by sending them birthday and holiday cards. Once students enter eighth grade, OSU-OKC will host seminars and classes for students and their parents. Events will range from OHLAP and FASFA workshops to general college information.

“I would advise students not to be afraid to try things that seem impossible,” Dr. Edwards said. “Whether or not they are successful, they will feel better about themselves for having made the attempt.”

To receive the scholarship, students are required to graduate from an Oklahoma City public high school and apply for Oklahoma’s Promise (OHLAP) and FASFA financial aid. If they qualify for financial aid, they will be able to obtain the supplemental scholarship.

In 2008, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation honored OSU-OKC with the Perfect Partner Award for their efforts with Westwood. OSU-OKC plans to collaborate with Westwood on the scholarship project for at least one more year. The university’s goal is to send 100 students to OSU-OKC for free.

For more Westwood scholarship information, contact OSU-OKC Academic Affairs Administrative Assistant Janet Stricklin at (405) 945-3240.

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