ORU readies for Quest Whole Person Scholarship event

By Natasha Mitchell ('94)

Nominations continue to come in for the first Quest Whole Person Scholarship event of the academic year, which will be held at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at Oral Roberts University. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 17.

This is our premier scholarship program," said Nancy Brainard, vice president for Enrollment Management.  "The awards enhance and replace merit awards students earn with larger scholarships that are renewable for four years.  And it's beneficial to ORU because it allows us to find the students we are looking for - those who are intellectually alert, spiritually alive, physically disciplined and socially adept."

The Quest Whole Person Scholarship Program was established to recognize students who model the Whole Person concept. Scholarship recipients demonstrate the following: Christian Worldview, Lifestyle of Service, Academic Achievement, Leadership Ability, Vision to Make a Life-Changing Impact on Others and Healthy Lifestyle. The program is funded through donations from alumni and other sources. Donations can be given at https://www.oru.edu/give/.

Any high school junior or senior or prospective transfer student may be nominated to the Quest Whole Person Scholarship Program by a high school or college counselor or other school official, youth pastor, community leader or member of the ORU faculty, staff or alumni.

"Students who've been nominated but who are not already admitted to ORU are asked to apply," Brainard said "The Scholarship Committee then invites students to participate in an on-campus scholarship day event.  There are three scheduled at present for this year:  November 3, January 20 and March 1."

Brainard said before the event, students are encouraged to complete an optional Participant Profile that will then provide their interviewer with information about their accomplishments and awards as well as some of their leadership and service experiences. At the event, students interview with an ORU faculty member and complete a series of short answer/essay questions.

All students nominated, invited and who subsequently participate earn scholarship dollars of varying amounts. For more information on the Quest Whole Person Scholarship or to nominate a student, go to http://www.oru.edu/whole_person/scholarship/purpose.php.