1. Competition eligibility is limited to new students accepted to an ORU graduate program for Fall 2019 semester and current ORU graduate students who have completed twelve or fewer hours of graduate study in their program of interest at ORU. At the discretion of the graduate school, current students who are recipients of the Graduate Quest Scholarship may be invited to be considered for open Fellows positions.
  2. Applicants must submit a resumé or curriculum vitae organized into the following categories (click here for an example resumé):
    1. Intellectually Alert: Participant must show depth and breadth of knowledge. Any certification, completed programs and academic accomplishments may be listed under this section.
    2. Physically Disciplined: Participant must show examples of a healthy lifestyle. This would include: well-being, exercise, nutrition and care of the body, etc.
    3. Spiritually Alive: Participant must show examples of spiritual development through different avenues: church, missions, volunteer work, etc.
    4. Socially Adept: Participant must exemplify an ability to relate to others in various situations. Any community service or related work, club memberships, etc. should be included here.
    5. Professionally Competent: Participant must share work experience and any accomplishments in their field of work.
  3. Applicants must also submit an essay, two to three typewritten pages, on a topic selected by the graduate school. Specific essay topics can be found online at
  4. Students who complete a qualified application may be invited to participate in an interview, which will be conducted on the ORU campus or via an online video conference.
  5. Students are encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to ORU as early as possible.
  6. Scholarship award notifications will be mailed on or before April 29, 2019.

Recipients of the Graduate Quest Fellows and Scholarship Program awards will be selected by the Scholarship Review Committee, the ORU provost and the deans of ORU's graduate schools. The scholarship will be renewable for up to three years, toward full-time enrollment in a graduate program at the University. Recipients' awards will be reviewed annually. Renewal of an award is contingent upon having satisfactorily fulfilled the requirements of the award, including maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and remaining in good standing with the university.