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Academic Scholarships

Southwestern Oklahoma State University offers an array of different scholarships based upon students' academic achievements. These are distributed between five basic categories of Oklahoma resident students:

  • New Freshmen
  • Continuing Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students
  • Transfer Students
  • Departmental Awards

New Freshmen

All Oklahoma residents who are incoming freshmen and are fully admitted by the March 1st Priority Deadline will be automatically considered for Freshmen Scholarship awards.  This means that any first-time entering Oklahoma resident freshmen wishing to apply for academic scholarship must be admitted to SWOSU by March 1st to receive full consideration for academic awards. 

Each application is point-weighted usually the following formula to determine the appropriate academic award:

(High School GPA x 100) + (ACT Composite Score x 10) = Point Total

Additional documents and information is needed only for those students applying for the Regents' Baccalaureate Scholarships (OK residents only) and/or Regents' Academic Scholar Nominee Awards (OK residents or non-resident US citizens).  These top two prestigious scholarships are awarded to a select group of students (on the Weatherford campus only) who meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Score a minimum of a 30 ACT composite on a national test date.
  2. National Merit Semifinalist or Commended Student.

If you meet one of the criteria above, please complete the additional application instructions listed below by the March 1st deadline to be considered for these prestigious awards.

  1. Complete the on-line admission application and submit ACT scores, a six- or seven-semester high school transcript and transcripts reflecting any college work completed or currently attempting.
  2. Provide a brief resume, including experiences, honors and high school activities.
  3. Type your response, not to exceed 500 words each, to the two (2) questions below: a. Describe the experience which has most influenced your life. b. How would a degree from SWOSU assist you in achieving your career goals?

Applicants must be fully admitted to SWOSU and all additional materials should be submitted by March 1st to the following address:

                       Student Financial Services
                       SWOSU
                       100 Campus Drive
                       Weatherford, OK  73096

The values of our different freshman scholarships are listed below. These may change annually depending upon scholarship funding availability and other institutional factors.

  • Regents' Academic Scholar Nomination
    • $2,000 a year + full tuition waiver each term + room/yr. (renewable)
  • Regents' Baccalaureate
    • Scholarship $3,000 a year + full tuition waiver each term + room/yr. (renewable)
  • University Scholar
    • 16 hours of tuition paid per semester + fees for two semesters (renewable)
  • Distinguished Freshman
    • 16 hours of tuition paid per semester for two semesters
  • SWOSU Scholar
    • 12 hours of tuition paid per semester for two semesters
  • Freshman Scholar
    • $1000 a year for tuition
  • Valedictorian Scholarship
    • $600 a year for tuition and $500 room scholarship (renewable)
  • Salutatorian Scholarship
    • $300 a year for tuition
  • Room Scholarship
    • For scoring 28 on ACT

Notices are sent out to students who qualify for freshman scholarships in March. Please note that students may only receive one academic honor listed above. Should a student qualify for two categories, the larger value award will be given.

Continuing Undergraduate Students

All Oklahoma resident undergraduate students will be considered for the Continuing Student Tuition Waiver Scholarship.

This fund is awarded competitively based upon a point total comprised 50% by their cumulative college grade point average, 25% by the most recent fall semester grade point average and 25% by the most recent spring semester grade point average. In using this method, annually a student's ability to earn an award depends half on their cumulative work and half on the academic merit shown during the most recent year. Students must also complete 24 hours of undergraduate work in Fall and Spring.

Scholarship values vary annually based upon the pool of applicants, but typically vary from 12 to 6 credit hours of tuition paid per semester for those who qualify.

Graduate Students

The SWOSU Graduate School awards scholarships to students who have been fully admitted into graduate studies based upon criteria they set annually. All graduate students are encouraged to contact the SWOSU Graduate School for applications and scholarship consideration.

 Graduate Tuition Waiver Application*

Transfer Students

Oklahoma resident students interested in transferring to SWOSU should complete the Transfer Student Scholarship Application by the May 15th deadline prior to attendance in the following fall semester. Applications must be submitted by December 15th to be considered for the spring semester. Full academic transcripts from all prior colleges must be on file in the registrar's office by June 15th for the fall awards or January 15th for the spring awards. Awards are highly competitive with values ranging from 12 to 6 credit hours of tuition paid per semester for one year. The spring semester after a student transfers to SWOSU they will be considered for the Continuing Student Tuition Waiver Scholarship. No application is required.

Resident and non-resident students interested in transferring to SWOSU should complete the Weatherford Community Scholarship Application by the June 15th deadline prior to attendance in the following fall semester. Applications must be submitted by December 15th for the spring semester. Full academic transcripts from all prior colleges must be on file in the registrar's office by June 15th for the fall awards or January 15th for the spring awards. This application may be completed by any transfer student who graduates with an Associate Degree and a minimum of a 3.25 cumulative GPA. This award may be applied toward tuition, fees, room, board and/or books at SWOSU.

Departmental Awards

Some academic honors are awarded to students based upon scholastic achievement made within a particular department on campus. Scholarships are sometimes awarded by the department chair and/or a committee of professors. These are competitively based. Students must apply for this type of funding by contacting their respective school dean or department chair.