NOC students attend Oklahoma Promise gatheringApril 27, 2019 | Headlines
OKLAHOMA CITY — Northern Oklahoma College students, Darah Dickover and Kaitlyn Jordan, both of Tonkawa, and Cydi Beasley, Enid, attended a gathering at the state Capitol to show appreciation for the Governor, Legislature and state Board of Equalization’s ongoing support of the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program and to encourage legislators to continue to fund the program.
Speakers included Dara Derryberry, Oklahoma Deputy Attorney General; State Regent Michael C. Turpen; Chancellor Glen D. Johnson; Sen. Jason Smalley, Oklahoma State Senate; Rep. Jadine Nollan; Rep. Cyndi Munson, Oklahoma House of Representatives; State Chamber Executive Vice President of Government and Political Affairs Mike Jackson; and Oklahoma’s Promise recipient Sarah Kellogg.
Oklahoma’s Promise was created in 1992 by the state Legislature to help more Oklahoma families send their children to college.
“Since 1992, more than 85,000 qualified Oklahoma students have earned the opportunity to pursue higher education through the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These are students who committed in high school to earn good grades, take rigorous academic course work and avoid disciplinary misconduct and, as a result, have received assistance in paying their college tuition. Thanks to Governor Stitt and our legislators’ continued support of the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship, we have been able to keep that promise.”
Oklahoma’s Promise combines emphases on academic preparation and financial support for college. The scholarship program pays tuition at any Oklahoma public college or university until the student receives a bachelor’s degree or for five years, whichever comes first.
It also covers a portion of tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private institution or for certain public career technology programs.
The scholarship does not cover the cost of fees, books, or room and board. To be eligible, students must apply during the eighth, ninth or 10th grade, and their family’s annual income must not exceed $55,000 when they apply.
A student’s family income also must not exceed $100,000 each year the student is enrolled in college.
Students must achieve a minimum 2.50 GPA in 17 core courses that prepare them for college and an overall GPA of 2.50 or better for all courses in grades nine through 12.
Oklahoma’s Promise graduates also must attend class regularly and refrain from drug and alcohol abuse and delinquent acts.
Approximately 6,000 students in the high school graduating class of 2018 met the program requirements to be eligible for the scholarship.
By law, the program has a dedicated funding source that helps ensure the program is fully funded each year.
For more information or to apply online, visit www.okpromise.org. Information is also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 800-858-1840.