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National Merit Scholars (Out-of-State)

Out-of-state Merit Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Program who name OSU as their first choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and apply for admission/scholarships at OSU, are guaranteed the following package of cash and tuition scholarships for 2019-2020:

Oklahoma Academic Scholars Program: $5,500 per year

  • $5,500 per year ($2,750 per semester) cash scholarship for four years
  • Funds are used to pay for books, fees, housing, etc., up to $2,750 per semester
  • Enroll as a full-time student at OSU
  • Must maintain a 3.25 cumulative graduation/retention GPA
  • Must earn 24 credit hours by the end of the spring term each year
Tuition Scholarship: $20,880 per year (estimated)
  • Full waiver of out-of-state and in-state tuition for up to 5 years of undergraduate and some graduate study
  • Actual value varies, depending on tuition rates and number of hours attempted
  • Enroll as a full-time student at OSU
  • Must maintain a 2.00 cumulative graduation/retention GPA
National Merit Cash Scholarship: $2,000 per year (see detalis below)
  • National Merit Finalists who specify OSU as first choice will offered one of three Merit Scholar awards:
    • OSU-Sponsored Merit Scholars: students receive $2,000 per year in OSU cash scholarship for four years. Students must remain in good academic standing at OSU to receive the award in subsequent years.

    • National Merit-Sponsored Merit Scholars: students receive a one-time, $2,500 award from National Merit in their freshman year. They receive a $1,500 cash award from OSU in their sophomore year and $2,000 per year in their junior and senior years, if they retain full eligibility for the OSRHE Academic Scholar cash award that year.

    • Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholars: Awards vary consideraly in duration and value. Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholars receiving less than $2,000 per year receive a cash award from OSU sufficient to total $2,000 in combined OSU and corporate cash each year for up to four years (limited to $2,000 in any one year).

  • Total of $8,000 over a four-year period (payment schedules differ according to type of award)
  • Total includes any funding by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or by a corporate sponsor of a Merit Scholar award
  • Must remain in good academic standing at OSU
  • May also receive additional cash scholarship from your college
College Dean's Award: $2,000 per year
  • $2,000 per year for four years cash scholarship from the Dean of your OSU Academic College
Cowboy Achievement Award: $2,000 for one year
  • Awarded the student's freshman year
Cowboy Merit Award: $1,000 for one year
  • Awarded the student's freshman year
Total estimated scholarship package: $145,400*
The tuition scholarship may be used in undergraduate and graduate school at OSU but cannot be guaranteed for students in the OSU Center for Health Sciences or the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CHS and CVM students may request tuition scholarships from those colleges). The tuition scholarship normally applies to fall and spring terms only. Some restrictions, terms, and conditions apply. 
*Scholarships awarded by other offices or organizations may be added to this total package, increasing your total scholarship award up to the cost of attendance at OSU. A student may only have one tuition scholarship in effect at any time.
For additional information about OSU scholarships for Merit Scholars, contact our office.
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