Freshmen Scholarships and Grants

Don't let "sticker price" shock you. At ORU, we do everything we can to make college affordable for you and your family. Check out this list of scholarships and grants available for our incoming, residential freshmen. If you need help understanding financial aid, please connect with our helpful team of Enrollment Counselors at 918.495.6518, admissions@oru.edu or by clicking here.

The following awards are listed for the 2018-2019 academic year and are subject to change. The total of all ORU grant and scholarship awards combined may not exceed 100% tuition. Other expenses such as room, board, books and fees may be funded from outside scholarships and/or federal, state or private funds. All ORU institutional awards are based upon full-time enrollment, which is a minimum of 12 credits per semester.

PREMIER SCHOLARSHIPS

Award Name
Amount
Eligibility
Renewal
Quest Whole Person Scholarship Up to 100% tuition coverage per year

Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students who participate in a Quest Whole Person Scholarship event and enroll full-time in an ORU undergraduate, residential program. RSVP for an upcoming event at quest.oru.edu/rsvp.

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

Honors Program Fellowship Up to $20,000 per year

Consideration for this award requires a minimum ACT score of 31 or SAT score of 1410, minimum 3.5 GPA, letters of recommendation, and a Fellows Application. demonstrated service leadership; letters of recommendation. Candidates must apply for this scholarship by February 1 (December 1 is the priority application deadline). To access the application, visit honors.oru.edu.

Recipient must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and remain in good standing with the Honors Program to be considered for renewal.

FRESHMEN ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Award Name
Amount
Minimum Qualifications
Renewal
Tier 1 Academic Scholarship $13,000 per year
  • 4.00 Cumulative GPA and 28 ACT or 1310 – 1340 SAT (or old SAT of 1250 – 1280, math and reading only)
  • 3.75 Cumulative GPA and 30 ACT or 1390 – 1410 SAT (or old SAT of 1330 -1350, math and reading only)
  • 3.50 Cumulative GPA and 32 ACT or 1450 – 1480 SAT (or old SAT of 1400 - 1430, math and reading)
This scholarship requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for renewal. Cumulative GPA will be evaluated for renewal purposes after the spring semester.
Tier 2 Academic Scholarship $11,000 per year
  • 3.75 Cumulative GPA and 23 ACT or 1130 – 1150 SAT (or old SAT of 1050 - 1080 , math and reading only)
  • 3.50 Cumulative GPA and 25 ACT or 1200 – 1230 SAT (or old SAT of 1130 - 1160, math and reading only)
  • 3.25 Cumulative GPA and 28 ACT or 1310 – 1340 SAT (or old SAT of 1250 - 1280, math and reading only)
This scholarship requires a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for renewal. Cumulative GPA will be evaluated for renewal purposes after the spring semester.
Tier 3 Academic Scholarship $10,000 per year
  • 3.25 Cumulative GPA and 20 ACT or 1020 – 1050 SAT (or old SAT of 940 - 970, math and reading only)
  • 3.00 Cumulative GPA and 22 ACT or 1100 – 1120 SAT (or old SAT of 1020 - 1040, math and reading only)
  • 2.80 Cumulative GPA and 24 ACT or 1160 – 1190 SAT (or old SAT of 1090 - 1120, math and reading only)
This scholarship requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for renewal. Cumulative GPA will be evaluated for renewal purposes after the spring semester.
Tier 4 Academic Scholarship $8,000 per year Amount will be contingent upon comprehensive review of your admissions file. This scholarship requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for renewal. Cumulative GPA will be evaluated for renewal purposes after the spring semester.
Tier 5 Academic Scholarship $6,000 per year Amount will be contingent upon comprehensive review of your admissions file. This scholarship requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for renewal. Cumulative GPA will be evaluated for renewal purposes after the spring semester.  

Note: If you have not met the renewal criteria you will be given the option to enroll in residential summer classes in order to raise your GPA. If you have met or exceeded the renewal GPA your scholarship will automatically renew on your Vision account. Scholarship amounts are final and do not increase according to earned GPA or hours.

Legacy Grant

Award Name
Amount
Eligibility
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

Award Name
Amount
Eligibility
Art Talent Scholarship $500-$2,000 per year To be eligible for this award, students must first audition. Auditions take place during Quest Whole Person Scholarship events and College Weekend. Please visit oru.edu/talent to request a time to audition.
Dance Talent Scholarship $500-$2,000 per year To be eligible for this award, students must first audition. Auditions take place during Quest Whole Person Scholarship events and College Weekend. Please visit oru.edu/talent to request a time to audition.
Drama Talent Scholarship $500-$2,000 per year To be eligible for this award, students must first audition. Auditions take place during Quest Whole Person Scholarship events and College Weekend. Please visit oru.edu/talent to request a time to audition.
Music Talent Scholarship $500-$2,000 per year To be eligible for this award, students must first audition. Auditions take place during Quest Whole Person Scholarship events and College Weekend. Please visit oru.edu/talent to request a time to audition.

FIRST ROBOTICS SCHOLARSHIP

Award Name
Amount
Eligibility
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.