Incomplete applications cannot be considered
The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) offers a variety of scholarships that are merit only and merit and financial-need-based. They are available to full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate and graduate A&S majors, who are working toward a degree in the college. While applicants will be considered for any and all scholarships for which they meet the criteria, they may only receive one A&S general scholarship per year.
A&S scholarship applicants must show documented financial need to be considered for any of the financial need-based scholarships.This is determined by a need amount being present in the Need Calculation section of the OU Financial Aid Notification (OU-FAN). The OU-FAN is the financial aid award notification generated by OU Financial Aid Services when a student's financial aid is processed. Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial aid. Financial aid processing usually takes 4-6 weeks from the time the FAFSA is filed if further information is not requested. Please keep this in mind if you have not yet filed a FAFSA for this 2014-2015 academic year.
To view your OU-FAN, log in to oZONE, and click on the Money tab. In the Quick Links box, click on Awards (OU-FAN) link. Select Aid Year 2014-2015 and press submit. Finally, click on the Award Overview tab.
Leadership Scholars Program: Financial need is NOT required to apply or to be selected for Leadership Scholars. Visit the Leadership Scholars webpage for information on the program.
Please be aware that all scholarship application materials are subject to OU's Academic Misconduct Policy.
Click on the links below to view specific criteria for each of the scholarships. This may give you an indication of which and how many of the awards you are eligible for consideration.
THINGS YOU CAN DO BEFORE FILLING OUT THE A&S GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS APPLICATION:
Resume: All undergraduate applicants must complete and upload an Arts and Sciences Scholarship Resume to the application. Current freshman applicants may include high school activities, awards, etc. All graduate applicants, who are NOT Biology/Zoology or HES applicants, and do not have a vitae, must also complete the resume. The resume must be saved as a .pdf document. Note: Students applying ONLY for the Microbiology and Plant Biology scholarships need not submit the resume.Please click here for instructions.
Vitae: All Biology and HES graduate applicants must upload a vitae to the application in lieu of the resume. Any other graduate applicants can also upload a vitae in lieu of the resume. The vitae must be in .pdf format.
Transcripts: All applicants must upload a web-based or an unofficial transcript from the Academic Records office that has been saved in .pdf format. Transcripts must include Fall 2014 grades. Fall grades will be available beginning December 19. Please be aware the Academic Records office will be closed December 24, through January 2. December Intersession grades will be available beginning January 23. Some departmental scholarships also require transcripts from other institutions.
Accessing your web-based transcript:Log into oZONE and click on the Academics tab at the top of the page. Click on Transcript in the Academic Profile Section, then click Submit to view the transcript.
Saving your transcript on a PC:
You can directly convert and save your web-based transcript to a .pdf file by using Adobe Acrobat Professional. All PCs in the Bizzell Library computer lab (118A) are equipped with this software. This staffed lab is open M - TR 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM and F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. If you cannot visit this computer lab, you will need to scan and save your transcript to .pdf.Click here for instructions.
Saving your transcript on a MAC:
You can directly convert and save your web-based transcript to a .pdf file by using the Safari web browser on a MAC computer.Click here for instructions. MACs can be found in the following staffed computer labs: Bizzell Library (118A); Dale Hall Tower (105/107); Physical Sciences Center (232); Oklahoma Memorial Union (207); Walker Tower (118).Click here for hours of operation.
Scanning and Saving Transcripts:
If you prefer to scan and save a copy of your web-based or an unofficial transcript, all of the above computer labs are equipped with e-share copiers/scanners.Click here for instructions.
If you experience unusual difficulty with saving your transcript to .pdf, email firstname.lastname@example.org by the application deadline, Friday, January 30, 10:00 PM. Enter "Transcript" in the subject line and include your name, student ID, and the nature of the issue in the body of the message. Please, also, indicate any enrollment in December 2014 Intersession.
Essay-A&S General Scholarships only: All applicants must compose an essay of 500 words or more in Microsoft Word or similar program for copying and pasting into the application. Scholarship Essay Topic: What has been the greatest challenge you have faced since coming to OU and how have you dealt with it? Leadership Scholars applicants, who are NOT applying for the A&S general scholarships, need only to submit the Leadership Scholars essay.
Optional Essays-A&S General Scholarships only: Students who would like to apply for the Jim Sullivan Endowed Scholarship, the Ruby Brakebill Scholarship and/or the Charles C. and Ernestine York Cowden Scholarship must compose an essay of 250 words or more in Microsoft Word or similar program for copying and pasting into the application. Please check the scholarship criteria above to verify you are eligible for consideration for these scholarships.
Sullivan Scholarship Essay Topic: Affection between human beings, however transitory, however qualified, is the closest we can come to paradise.
Brakebill Scholarship Essay Topic: Describe the ways your activities support your strong social conscience and dedication to peace and social justice.
York Cowden Scholarship Topic: Describe the jobs you have held to earn money for your college expenses, how much of your college costs you have been able to cover yourself and describe any challenges you have faced in trying to pay for college.
International Students: To be considered for the A&S financial need-based scholarships, you must compile your financial information, e.g., school and living costs and income for the 14-15 academic year for use in the International Student Financial Information section.
Native American Students-A&S General Scholarships only: Scan and save a copy of your CDIB card for uploading to the application. This can be a .pdf or .jpeg document.
Male students, 3.0 GPA or above, who work to afford college-A&S General Scholarships only: Obtain a dated letter from your employer that states the number of hours you work per week for uploading to the application. The letter must be a .pdf document.
Leadership Scholars Applicants - Essay: Compose an essay of 500 words or more in Microsoft Word or similar program for copying and pasting into the application. Leadership Scholars Essay Topic: Why are you interested in being considered for College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Scholars? Explain how you are a strong candidate and what you hope to gain from the program.
Leadership Scholars Applicants - Online Recommendations: Identify and obtain the email address of one individual who will submit an online recommendation for you. It is important to contact this individual well in advance to give him/her time to submit the recommendation by the Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, deadline. You may select a professor, advisor, current or former supervisor, coach or other organizational leader. Your reference should know you well and describe your leadership experience and potential, good character, commitment to service, outstanding academic merit, and/or other similar qualities. More information on recommendations can be found within the application, including how to monitor the receipt of your recommendation once it has been requested.
Departmental Scholarships (for currently enrolled majors)
Students can apply for some departmental scholarships through the A&S scholarship application. These scholarships are for both undergraduate and graduate students and are merit only and merit and financial need-based. Click on the department links below for further information.
The Department of Biology offers merit only and merit and financial need-based scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate Biology/Zoology majors. Please follow the Biology/Zoology link for scholarship and application information.
The Department of Health and Exercise Science offers merit-based only scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted into the program and have completed a number of credit hours in the HES core curriculum. Please follow the Health and Exercise Sciences link for scholarship and application information.
The Human Relations scholarships are for graduate students who are fully admitted to the University of Oklahoma Master of Human Relations program. Students must be in good academic standing and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
The School of Library and Information Studies now offers the application online for its merit-based, undergraduate scholarship. Applicants must be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in Information Studies program and be regularly enrolled in at least 12 hours each semester. Please follow the Library and Information Studies link for scholarship criteria and application information.
The Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology offers merit and merit and financial-need based scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate Microbiology and Plant Biology majors.
The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics offers merit only and merit and financial need-based scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate student majors in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Linguistics and Modern Non-European Languages. There are also a number of scholarships for any MLLL major. Applicants must hold a 3.5 GPA in the major and an overall GPA of 3.0. Please follow the Modern Languages, Literature and Linguistics link for scholarship criteria and application information.
The Department of Political Science offers merit only and merit and financial-need based scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate Political Science majors.
Many of the other departments and programs in the college offer scholarships. Please visit the A&S websites individually for more information.
Log in to oZONE, and click on the Money tab. You can find the link to the application in the Scholarship Information box to the left of the page. See below.
Incoming Freshmen Scholarships (for graduating high school seniors)
Entering freshmen are eligible to apply for the Alice Allen Everett American Indian Scholarship, the J & J Stevens Scholarship, and the Les and Mary Puckett Arts and Sciences Scholarship. To view specific scholarship criteria, click the Details links below. Please read the criteria carefully as there are other requirements in addition to filling out the application.
Applicants must fill out the scholarship section of the online admission application to be considered for these scholarships. Visit the Prospective Student Services website to access the log in page for the application.
For complete financial aid information, including the 2015-2016 Scholarship Guide, please log in to oZONE and click on the Money tab. Questions about the A&S general scholarships can be directed to Susan Bayliss at (405) 325-2078.
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