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We’re committed to making a quality education from ORU accessible and affordable. That’s why nearly 100% of our full-time undergraduate students receive scholarships and grants from ORU. 

The following list of 2020-2021 scholarships and grants are for incoming, on-campus freshmen and transfer students who are enrolled full-time (12-18 credit hours per semester). All awards are subject to change, and the combined total of all ORU grants and scholarships may not exceed 100% of tuition. Other expenses such as room and board may be funded with outside scholarships, federal aid and/or private funds. If you need help understanding your financial aid offer or what to expect of the process, connect with us today.

Quest Whole Leader Scholarship 

Newly admitted freshmen and transfer students are automatically considered for a Quest Whole Leader Scholarship ranging up to $20,000. Eligible students will then also be given the opportunity to increase that award up to full-tuition. Click here for more information about how you can be a part of one of our upcoming Quest Leadership events!

Recipients must maintain a satisfactory Whole Person Assessment score and GPA while remaining in good standing with ORU.

Legacy Grant

$3,000 for on-campus students /$1,500 for off-campus students. This award is available to children of ORU alumni. To ensure that this award is included in your financial aid package, please contact your Enrollment Counselor at 918.495.6518 or mark your parent(s) as ORU alumni when completing ORU's Application for Admission at apply.oru.edu.  

Talent Scholarships

$500-$2,000 PER YEAR

To be eligible for this award, students must first audition. Auditions take place during Quest Leadership Events. Please click here to request a time to audition. 

$500-$2,000 PER YEAR

To be eligible for this award, students must first audition. Auditions for ORU Dance Talent Scholarships will be submitted as self-tape auditions.

Deadline: March 1

Audition Tape Requirements:

  1. Ballet technique:
    1. Complete ballet barre, demonstrating placement and technique
    2. Ballet center work, demonstrating work in adagio with leg extensions, turns, small jumps and leaps
  2. An additional technique:
    1. Modern dance preferred but may be jazz dance or other form
    2. A dance phrase highlighting technique and performance ability

Dancer’s attire:

Female dancer’s attire for ballet technique: Basic black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes, and hair pulled up in a bun.
Male dancer’s attire for ballet technique: White, fitted t-shirt with black tights or fitted black dance pants and dance belt with ballet shoes.

Dancer’s attire for additional technique:

Solid colored leotard or unitard, black tights or fitted dance pants, and hair pulled up away from the neck and face.

Please email complete audition to Director of Dance: Christina Schneider, cschneider@oru.edu.

Students must be both accepted into ORU and have auditioned and been accepted as an ORU dance major by March 12. The number of scholarships is limited and based on dance talent.

Please check the ORU Dance Facebook and Instagram accounts for information on upcoming informational zoom meetings about the dance program at ORU. For any further questions about the program or audition process, please contact the Director of Dance at cschneider@oru.edu.  

$500-$2,000 PER YEAR

To be eligible for this award, students must first audition. Auditions for ORU Drama Talent Scholarships will be submitted as self-tape auditions. 

Deadline: March 1

Submission instructions for self-tape auditions:

  1. Please prepare/memorize 2 sixty-second monologues, 1 comedic and 1 dramatic.
  2. Record your monologue package (both monologues plus an introduction telling us who you are and the titles of your pieces) via your smart phone or other recording device.
  3. Upload your recording to YouTube or other content sharing site & copy link.
  4. Email link, along with your headshot and resume (if available) to csanders@oru.edu.

Submission instructions for theatre portfolio submissions (Non-Actors):

  1. Please prepare a portfolio/slideshow of photos and descriptions from your previous theatre work (may also be work from church productions, fine arts, etc.).
  2. Record yourself discussing one of your theatre experiences and also explaining why you want to want to pursue a degree in theatre at ORU. You may use your smart phone or another recording device.
  3. Upload your recording to YouTube or other content sharing site & copy link.
  4. Email link, along with your portfolio and resume (if available), to csanders@oru.edu.

$500-$2,000 PER YEAR

To be eligible for this award, students must first audition. Auditions take place during Quest Leadership Events. Please click here to request a time to audition. Auditions vary by instrument, and students seeking scholarship should demonstrate proficiency on their instrument.

First Robotics Scholarship

First Robotics Scholarship $1,000 This award is offered to Chinese students who have competed in a FirstRobotics Challenge (FRC) and are applying to ORU for an Engineering program. This scholarship is in addition to all other scholarships that a student is eligible to apply for. For more information, click here.

State and Federal Aid

ORU also participates in state and federal aid programs that provide grants and student loans to qualifying students (U.S. Citizens only). To qualify, you’ll need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a government form used to determine if you qualify for federal aid. You can submit your FAFSA at fafsa.gov as early as October 1 the year before you plan on enrolling in classes! Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for federal aid, you’ll want to complete the FAFSA using ORU’s school code (003985) so you can receive a personalized financial aid.

Scholarships for Freshmen - Seniors

Air Force ROTC 
By agreement with the United States Air Force, eligible full-time students at Oral Roberts University may participate in Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) and receive an officer’s commission in the Air Force upon graduation.

The Blake Family Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: May 15
Preference for this scholarship is given to students from Maranatha Academy or Eastern Kansas Christian Schools in Shawnee, Kansas. 

Thelma Schottin Scholarship
Deadline: May 15

This scholarship is to provide financial support for a student who is a child or grandchild of missionaries in foreign countries. Student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have financial need. 

Radical Art for Jesus Gloria B Scholarship
Deadline: May 15

This scholarship is for art majors who demonstrate financial need.

Fred & Evelyn Armitage Scholarship 
Deadline: May 15
This scholarship is to provide financial support for an on-campus student who has financial need. Student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The Myrtle L. Hixson Scholarship
Deadline: May 15
This scholarship is to provide financial support for an on-campus student who has financial need. Student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Jonas B. Nyberg Memorial Scholarship 
Deadline: May 15
This scholarship is for students seeking a degree in Evangelism or Communication. Click here to review the instructions prior to completing the application.

The Marilyn Bonebrake LaPointe/Debate and Forensic Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to students who are part of the ORU Debate team. It is contingent upon being enrolled in COM 400-Debate as well as maintaining a minimum GPA requirement. Students interested in this scholarship may contact Dr. Agena Farmer at afarmer@oru.edu.

Margaret L. Lesher Foundation Scholarship 
Deadline: May 15
This scholarship is for a full time print or broadcast journalism major who demonstrates financial need. 

Reverend Peter Popoff Scholarship
Deadline: May 15 
This scholarship provides financial support for Oral Roberts University students whose academic pursuits are preparing them to serve God in vocational pastoral ministry or missions ministry. 

Scholarships for Sophomores - Seniors

Helen Scott Murphy Memorial Scholarship 
Deadline: May 15
This scholarship is for students who demonstrate financial need and outstanding leadership and academic ability. They must also be in the top 20% of their class. 

T.C. and Bee Hatfield Scholarship 
Deadline: May 15
This scholarship is for students who demonstrate financial need and outstanding leadership and academic ability. Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.75. 

Jack and Carol Greer Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: May 15
This scholarship provides financial support for a school of business student who has a strong Christian commitment has a Love for Jesus Christ and is actively involved and serving. Student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. 

Scholarships for Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students

Oklahoma State Regents - Academic Scholars Program
Oklahoma students can automatically qualify for the program by achieving designation as a National Merit Scholar, National Merit Finalist or United States Presidential Scholar or by scoring at or above the 99.5 percentile on the ACT or SAT. For fall 2020, the ACT required score is a total sum score of the ACT skill areas of 135. For fall 2020, the SAT required score is a total sum score of the critical reading and math skill areas of 1540.

Students who qualify can receive a $4000 scholarship towards tuition, room & board, books, fees, etc. It’s advised that students speak with their Guidance Counselors but they can also find the application online

Suzanne M. Behr Scholarship Program 
Deadline: May 15
This scholarship is for junior or senior female students who have financial need. The applicant must be willing to join an ORU women's mentoring program if one exists or a program that would hold her accountable for her personal spiritual walk. The scholarship award is $1,500 per semester.  

Other Scholarship and Reference Information

ORU Award Terms and Conditions - Requirements and renewal information for financial awards made to students from Oral Roberts University. 

Financial Aid Guide - This guide answers common questions for minorities, students with disabilities and military/veterans; as well as includes a comprehensive scholarship database and step-by-step guide to the FAFSA. 

The International Quest Whole Leader Scholarship - This scholarship is made available for international students to make attending ORU more attainable. It is supported by ORU Alumni donations.

Quest Whole Leader Entrepreneurship ScholarshipThis scholarship application is available for students who are majoring in ORU's Entrepreneurship program.

Quest Whole Leader Media Scholarship - This Scholarship application is for students who are majoring in Broadcast Media majors.

“Paying for College: Student Resource Guide” - A collection of scholarship, fellowship, and internship listings and their deadlines. Includes a list of suggested scholarship websites and suggested books for research. Many opportunities for Hispanic and other minority applicants. 

Studentaid.ed.gov Scholarships and Grants - A comprehensive resource for private scholarships, scholarship searches, and government grants. 

The Carl's Jr. Founders Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to High School seniors or graduates 21 years or younger who are seeking education at an accredited two- or four-year college of their choice. 

The Carson Scholars Fund - A program that awards $1000 college scholarships to students in grades 4-11; when used at ORU, ORU matches the Carson Scholarship.

The Daniels Fund Scholarship Program - This scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors who are residents of Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah. 

The Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway - This program offers tuition giveaways ranging from $2,500 to $100,000 for college students who are at least 18 years old. 

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program - This scholarship program is for outstanding minority students. The good-through-graduation scholarship is awarded to 1,000 talented students to use at the college or university of their choice.  Eight current ORU students are Gates Millennium Scholars. 

The Jackie Robinson Foundation -  This foundation awards four-year scholarships of up to $7,500 to graduating, minority high school seniors. The scholarship is to be used at an accredited university of the student's choice and may be used for tuition, books, housing, etc. 

The Nursing Scholarship Program - This scholarship is for all students enrolled in an accredited nursing program. In exchange for a minimum 2-year service commitment at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses, the scholarship will pay for tuition, general fees, books, and will grant you a monthly stipend. 

The Quest Whole Leader Scholarship, Need-based Fund for Single Parents - This need-based fund is available for single parents at ORU. 

The RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program - A program that supports Hispanic students in pursuit of their college education; annually, four $100,000 awards are made in addition to many other awards.  

The StorageMart ScholarSmarts Scholarship Program - This scholarship is awarded to all students in pursuit of higher education to be used for tuition, books, housing, and more.

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