ABOUT THE QUEST WHOLE LEADER SCHOLARSHIP
The undergraduate Quest Whole Leader Scholarship Program has been established to identify and award students who are tireless on their quest to become whole leaders. Scholarship recipients are committed to developing a healthy, character-driven lifestyle that sets the standard in society and enables them to thrive in life.
HOW TO BE CONSIDERED
In order to qualify, you must be a high school senior, recent high school graduate or transfer student considering ORU for the upcoming semester. Participation is also limited to those who have not yet received a Quest Whole Leader Scholarship and are not returning ORU students.
Eligible students* are automatically awarded a Quest Whole Leader Scholarship upon admission, but they are also granted the opportunity to be considered for 1 of our 15 full-tuition Quest Scholarships by securing a nomination, visiting campus, and submitting a Quest Essay. Click here for frequently asked questions.
*Students who receive athletic aid at ORU due to participation in NCAA Division 1 Athletics are not eligible for Quest Whole Leader Scholarships.
The deadline to submit your essay and be nominated for full-tuition** consideration is:
- December 1 for spring student selection only
- March 1 for first-round selection on March 22 - must be admitted, nominated, completed an essay, and interviewed by March 1.
- April 1 for second-round selection on April 17- must be admitted, nominated, completed an essay, and interviewed by April 1.
- May 1 for third-round selection on May 15 - must be admitted, nominated, completed an essay, and interviewed by May 1.
- July 1 for fourth-round selection on July 15 - must be admitted, nominated, completed an essay, and interviewed by July 1.
- August 1 for fifth-round selection
**Students not selected for a full-tuition scholarship will retain the award offered upon admission.
HOW TO APPLY TO ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY
Eligible students are automatically awarded a Quest Whole Leader Scholarship upon admission.
Once you've received your admissions decision to Oral Roberts University, follow these steps.
1. Secure Your Spot
Secure your spot at ORU by heading to go.oru.edu/pay to submit your $250 enrollment fee. This payment also solidifies your scholarship and financial aid offers, allows you to choose housing, and more!
2. Compete for a Full-Tuition Scholarship
Eligible students* are automatically awarded a Quest Whole Leader Scholarship upon admission, but they are also granted the opportunity to be considered for 1 of our 15 full-tuition Quest Scholarships by securing a nomination, visiting campus, and submitting a Quest Essay.
After your student is nominated, eligible students* will receive an email with a direct link to complete their Quest Essay. Be sure they check their spam folder so it doesn't get lost! First-round selections for full-tuition Quest Scholarships will be announced on March 15** with all necessary requirements submitted by March 1.
3. Visit Campus
Join us for one of our exciting event days; Quest! We offer one-day and two-day visits so your student can compete for a full tuition scholarship, attend Chapel, take a campus tour, connect with students, learn about academic programs, and experience what sets ORU apart. We also have exclusive sessions just for parents where you'll learn how to make ORU fit within your budget and leave with assurance that your child will be safe and supported.
4. File The FAFSA
We are dedicated to making the ORU Experience affordable for everyone, and that's why we encourage you to file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Millions of dollars each year are left unclaimed by students who didn't file a FAFSA, and we don't want you and your student to miss out on this money-saving opportunity.
5. Connect with Us
Did you know that you have a designated Admissions Representative assigned to you? That's right! We're here to help walk you through the process and make sure you have everything you need before you start college.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In order to qualify, you must be a high school senior, recent high school graduate or transfer student considering ORU for the upcoming semester. Upon admission, students are automatically awarded a Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. The next step would be to secure a nomination. Once a nomination is received, eligible students* will receive an email with a direct link to complete their Quest Essay. Be sure to check your spam folder so it doesn't get lost!
You will be responding to a series of short essay questions through a secure online platform. Scholarship recipients will demonstrate the following: Spiritual Integrity, Personal Resilience, Intellectual Pursuit, Global Engagement, and Bold Vision. Your essay questions will be tailored to these topics. Please answer all the questions thoroughly and with proper grammar and sentence structure as if you were turning in a school paper. We are looking forward to getting to know you better through your essay!
Yes, you can! We highly encourage you to get nominated by a non-family member, such as a school official, church official, community leader, or a member of the ORU alumni, faculty, or staff.
Click here for more information about receiving an invitation to Quest Premier and to register for one of our upcoming events.
Your interview will take place during the Quest event and you will receive details about your interview time upon your arrival for Quest.
Just be yourself! This is our opportunity to get to know you better and learn more about where life has taken you thus far and what your future plans are.
We have a limited amount of interview slots available so don't wait to register and complete all of your requirements!
You will find a list of selection dates and deadlines for scholarship consideration above. Please note: Students not selected for a full-tuition scholarship will retain the award offered upon admission. Filing the FAFSA also helps us to understand what other institutional awards, grants, and scholarships you may be eligible for.
Scholarship decisions are considered by a committee of select individuals where all elements are weighted: essay, interview, and nomination(s).
GUIDELINES AND RENEWAL CRITERIA
This scholarship is valid for up to four years of full-time enrollment in an undergraduate, residential program at Oral Roberts University. Changes made to a student's residential status may also result in adjustments to this award. Click below to see a list of guidelines and renewal criteria for the Quest Whole Leader Scholarship.
ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
We’re committed to making a degree from ORU accessible and affordable. That’s why
nearly 100% of our full-time undergraduate students receive scholarships and grants