2014-2015 Future Teachers' Scholarship

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Future Teachers Scholarship

Eligible Critical Shortage Areas

                                                                    Science                                 Special Education
                                                                    Mathematics                        School Psychologist
                                                                    Foreign Languages            English
                                                                    Social Studies                      Elementary Education
                                                                    School Counselor               Early Childhood Education
                                                                    Business                               Physical Education/Health


The Future Teachers Scholarship Program was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as an incentive to encourage the preparation of teachers in critical shortage areas in the public schools of Oklahoma.

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1. The student must be a resident of Oklahoma.
2. The student must be nominated by the college on the basis of one of the following criteria:
             a. Cumulative high school grade point average ranking in the top 15% of his or her high school graduating class; OR
             b. ACT or SAT score ranking in the top 15% for high school graduates of the same year; OR
             c. Admission to a professional education program at an accredited Oklahoma institution of higher education; OR
             d. An undergraduate record of outstanding success, as defined by the institution.
3. Full-time and part-time students are eligible for the scholarship; however, highest priority will be given to full-time students.
4. Scholarship recipients must maintain no less than a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
5. Each recipient must agree to teach in a shortage area in Oklahoma public schools for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years upon graduation and licensure as a teacher.
6. Recipients may receive the scholarship for not more than four years, or the equivalent of four years, of full-time study.

The Application Process
1. A new application must be submitted each academic year.
2. Application deadlines are established by individual institutions. Completed applications are to be submitted to the nominating institution. The following documentation is required:
              a. First-time freshman must submit a copy of their high school transcript and ACT or SAT score, whichever is applicable.
              b. Students who have attended a post-secondary institution must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended.
              c. All students must submit the essay portion of the application on a separate sheet.
3. Institutions will submit scholarship candidates and alternates in priority order to the State Regents’ office.
4. The State Regents’ office will notify institutions of awards.

Amount of Scholarship Awards
An award amount for each nominated student will be determined by the college. The following annual award limits have been set by the State Regents:

Enrollment                                Hours Completed                              Maximum Annual Award
                                        Toward Baccalaureate Degree

 Full-time                                  60 hours and above                                            $1,500
 Full-time                                  Less than 60 hours                                             $1,000
 Part-time                                 60 hours and above                                             $ 750
 Part-time                                 Less than 60 hours                                              $ 500

For purposes of this program, full-time enrollment means not less than 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduates and not less than 9 credit hours per semester for graduate students. Part-time enrollment means not less than 6 credit hours per semester.

Payment of Scholarship Awards
Upon enrollment and grade point average verification by the institution, the first payment of each recipient's award will be distributed during the fall semester, and the second distribution will be during the spring semester. The award will be paid directly to the institution on the student's behalf.