Feb. 13, 2013/Oklahoma GEAR UP Students Encouraged to Sign up For Oklahoma's Promise
Here’s something you can fall in love with this month – scholarship money for college! February is the perfect time to sign your student up for Oklahoma’s Promise.
Oklahoma GEAR UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is working closely with our 24 school districts to promote and sign up students for the popular state scholarship program.
Oklahoma’s Promise is 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.
“GEAR UP works with and encourages all students to prepare early for college,” said Glen D. Johnson, Oklahoma Higher Education chancellor. “Applying for Oklahoma’s Promise is an important step in that process because the scholarship enables qualifying students to earn a tuition scholarship for college if they plan early and take and succeed in the courses required for college admission. We encourage every eligible student to sign up for the program before they complete the 10th grade.”
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, 2012 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 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. 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 ask your school counselor or to apply online, visit www.okpromise.org. Information is also available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (800) 858-1840.