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ORU Scholarships

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ORU Scholarships

How many credits do I have to register for to be eligible for a scholarship?

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All ORU scholarships require students to enroll full time to receive funding. Undergraduate students are considered “full time” when enrolled in at least 12 on-campus credit hours each semester. Graduate students are considered “full time” when enrolled in at least 9 credit hours each semester.

When will the scholarship disburse to my student account?

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Due to the full-time requirement for ORU Scholarships, funding will not disburse to your account until the drop/add period has closed at the beginning of each semester. Once schedules are finalized, students who are full time will receive a disbursement and students who are part time will receive a cancellation notice of their award for that term.

Can I receive my institutional scholarship during a semester abroad?

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Unfortunately, ORU Scholarships may not be applied toward the Study Abroad Program. Your institutional scholarship will be posted for the semester that you return to ORU if you continue to meet eligibility requirements.

Can I receive my institutional scholarship if I transfer to the Distance Learning Campus?

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No. ORU Scholarships are not applicable to online coursework.

How much can I receive from an Institutional scholarship?

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All ORU Scholarships combined are limited to 100% tuition for each student.

Can I receive more than one scholarship per academic year?

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Yes. There are multiple scholarships available through ORU that may be received in combination. Some that may be combined include: Merit, Whole Person (may only combine with merit for awards received prior to Fall 2011 that are less than 100% tuition awarded), Restricted Awards, Leadership awards, Talent Awards, and Music Ensemble awards.

No combination of ORU Scholarships is permitted to exceed the cost of tuition.

Are the scholarships renewable?

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Merit, Whole Person, and Talent awards are renewable for up to 8 semesters received out of 10 consecutive semesters of enrollment. You must maintain continuous enrollment to be eligible for renewal. If you choose to enroll part-time or study abroad for a semester your scholarship will be posted for the following semester upon your return. If you choose to take a semester off and do not enroll in any ORU credits you will forfeit your awarded scholarships.

Why was my scholarship cancelled?

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Scholarships may be canceled if you do not enroll full time by the end of the drop/add period, if you do not achieve the minimum renewal conditions for the award, or if you no longer meet the criteria for which you were given the award (in the case of talent scholarships).

Do I have to reapply each year?

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Merit, Talent, and Whole Person awards do not require you to reapply each year. However, restricted awards and some department-based scholarships will require annual application.

If I receive a scholarship(s) can I still get financial aid funding?

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Yes. If you complete the FAFSA form you may apply to receive federal funding in addition to your ORU Scholarship to cover any remaining tuition cost, room/board charges, and books.

Where can I get more information about other scholarships?

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Additional information on restricted scholarships is available on the financial aid website. Please visit with your academic major department to inquire about potential department awards.

Are there ORU scholarships available that are not specifically merit, talent, or need-based awards?

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Yes. Restricted scholarships are available which require students to meet certain criteria set up by the scholarship donor. You may access the list of these scholarships and their applications at http://www.oru.edu/financial_assistance/resources_available/freshman_senior_scholarships.php

Can restricted scholarship awards exceed tuition charges?

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No. Restricted scholarships are subject to the Institutional Aid Cap of tuition just like merit, talent, and leadership awards.

I received a restricted scholarship and now my merit scholarship is gone. Why?

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The donor for your restricted scholarship may choose to “buy out” your merit award so as to award you more funding. If the restricted award is a one-year only award, your merit scholarship will be awarded the following academic year provided you have met the minimum renewal requirements

When will my restricted award disburse to my account?

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Restricted awards must go through multiple channels before disbursement which may delay payment. Requests for payment are sent to the accounting office following the last day of drop/add for each semester and can take several weeks to be finalized.

Does the ORU Financial Aid Office have a recommended site for outside scholarships?

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ORU does not have one site that has seen more success in scholarships than others. We encourage you to proactively search online and locally for scholarships within your areas of interest.

I recieved a scholarship from a local organization. What do I need to do for it to show up on my Financial Aid package?

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Fax a copy of the scholarship award letter to the ORU Financial Aid Office at 918-495-6803. Please allow up to 2 business days for the scholarship to reflect on Vision.

Can outside scholarship awards exceed tuition charges?

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Yes. Outside scholarship awards may exceed your tuition charges, but they may cause a reduction in your need-based aid such as ENG, ORUGIA, Subsidized Loan, and Perkins Loan.

My outside scholarship organization is requesting a “need analysis form.” Where can I get that?

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If the organization provided a form for the financial aid office to complete, please submit it to the financial aid office in person, email to ORUFinaid@oru.edu, or fax to 918-495-6803. We cannot send the form directly to the organization without a signed release form, so please fill out that portion of their form before sending.  If no form was provided, please submit an online request for the form to be completed by the financial aid office. We will complete it and return it to you for submission to your awarding organization.

Why is my outside scholarship split 50/50 between the fall and spring semesters?

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Unless the scholarship organization award letter specifically states that the scholarship amount is awarded for one semester we are required to split the award evenly between the terms. If you will only be attending one term, please alert the awarding organization so they may notify us (at orufinaid@oru.edu) accordingly as to the disbursement of funding.

Are there ORU scholarships available that are not specifically merit, talent, or need-based awards?

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Yes. Restricted scholarships are available which require students to meet certain criteria set up by the scholarship donor. You may access the list of these scholarships and their applications at http://www.oru.edu/financial_assistance/resources_available/freshman_senior_scholarships.php

Can restricted scholarship awards exceed tuition charges?

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No. Restricted scholarships are subject to the Institutional Aid Cap of tuition just like merit, talent, and leadership awards.

I received a restricted scholarship and now my merit scholarship is gone. Why?

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The donor for your restricted scholarship may choose to “buy out” your merit award so as to award you more funding. If the restricted award is a one-year only award, your merit scholarship will be awarded the following academic year provided you have met the minimum renewal requirements.

When will my restricted award disburse to my account?

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Restricted awards must go through multiple channels before disbursement which may delay payment. Requests for payment are sent to the accounting office following the last day of drop/add for each semester and can take several weeks to be finalized.

Can I receive an Honors Scholarship and a Quest Whole Person Scholarship at the same time?

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Students may apply to both the Honors Program and the Quest Whole Person Scholarship Program, and they may be selected for and participate in both programs, but the maximum scholarship award a student may receive is $20,000.

What leadership scholarships are available at ORU?

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ORU offers scholarships to students who serve as Resident Advisers (RA), Chaplains, or Academic Peer Advisers (APA) for their wing in the resident halls. Student Experience, Oracle, Yearbook, and Admissions Ambassador student staff may be eligible for funding as available.

How do I apply for a leadership scholarship?

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Academic Peer Advisor Program (APA): Apply in the CAC

RA Program (RA): Apply with the Deans of Men/Women

Chaplain Program: Apply with the Spiritual Life Department

Is there a minimum GPA required to receive a leadership scholarship?

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Yes. Participants must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 to become an RA or Chaplain and a 3.0 to become an APA. Some awards are granted on probation, so check with your program director.

My leadership scholarship is not posted on Vision. Who do I contact?

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Contact the director of your leadership program to make sure they have communicated your award to the Financial Aid Office. Please allow up to 3 business days for communication between the departments.

Are leadership scholarships available during the summer?

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Only RA scholarships are available during the summer term. Summer RAs receive a scholarship covering room charges for each session served.

Can I receive a leadership scholarship in addition to other ORU Scholarships?

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Yes, however the combined total of all ORU Scholarships may not exceed full tuition.

Students receiving 100% tuition scholarships may participate in the leadership programs but will not be compensated.

What is the renewal requirement for Academic Scholarships?

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Renewal requirements for the 2016-2017 academic year:

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS:
NEW
16-17
Renewal GPA
Level 1
$13,000 
3.0
Level 2
$11,000
2.75
Level 3
$10,000
2.5
Level 4
$8,000
2.0
Level 5
$6,000
2.0
 
TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS:
TRANSFER
16-17
Renewal GPA
Level 1
$11,000
2.75
Level 2
$10,000
2.5
Level 3
$8,000
2.0
Level 4
$5,000
2.0

No rounding is permitted, even if your GPA is less than 0.01 from the requirement.

What happens if my cumulative GPA is lower than the minimum renewal GPA for my scholarship?

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If your GPA does not meet the minimum renewal requirement for your Merit Award by the end of the Spring semester, your merit scholarship will be canceled for the upcoming school year. You may attend summer school on campus at ORU (sessions 1-4 and Online A only, grades received after August 1 do not apply) to raise your GPA.  Courses transferred from another school do not increase your ORU GPA.

Effective Fall 2012, students who do not meet renewal requirments are granted one year of automatic scholarship probation and will receive their award even though they do not qualify. If, after this probationary period, the minimum requirements are not met the award will be canceled and additional probation will not be granted.

Can I appeal the loss of my Merit Scholarship?

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No. Students who do not meet the minimum renewal GPA for their merit scholarship receive their award for one academic year on probation. If, after the probationary period, the minimum renewal GPA is not met the award is canceled. Additional probationary terms will not be granted

How do I apply for an academic/merit scholarship?

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Merit scholarships are awarded by the Admissions office upon acceptance to the university. The award amount varies based on your national test scores and GPA (freshmen) or your cumulative college GPAs (transfer/readmit). No application is required.

I lost my merit scholarship due to my GPA. If I raise my GPA after the fall semester can I have my scholarship for the spring?

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No, but you may be eligible the following academic year.  We will review your eligibility following the Spring term and if you meet the minimum renewal requirements your merit award will be reinstated for the upcoming Fall semester.

Is it possible to increase my merit scholarship after attending ORU for a semester/year based on my GPA?

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Merit scholarships are considered final once you begin attending ORU and cannot be increased based on a later GPA.

The online scholarship calculator reflects information for the newest incoming class and cannot be considered accurate for current ORU students.

Is my Merit Scholarship renewable?

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Yes. Merit Scholarships are automatically renewed for up to 8 semesters out of 10 semesters of consecutive enrollment provided you maintain the required minimum cumulative GPA.

Can I receive my Merit Scholarship if I enroll part-time?

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No. Students must be full time (minimum 12 hours on campus) in order to receive a Merit Scholarship.

Can I use my Merit Scholarship toward the cost of Online Courses?

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No. Online courses are not eligible for ORU scholarships or grants. You must be enrolled in at least 12 “residential” (on campus) credit hours to receive a Merit Scholarship.

When do you start awarding merit scholarships? If selected, how will I be notified?

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Incoming students are notified by mail of their Merit Award upon acceptance to the University by the Admissions office. The award will be part of the official financial aid offer on Vision.

Continuing students’  Merit Award renewals are first posted to Vision in February but are not finalized until grades have posted for the Spring semester. Students who have not achieved the required renewal GPA will be notified by telephone or email by Financial Aid.

Can I receive my Merit Scholarship if I enroll part-time?

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No. Students must be full time (minimum 12 hours on campus) in order to receive a merit scholarship.

How do I submit missing financial aid application documentation?

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In most instances, you may satisfy a missing requirement by clicking on the link associated with the document request.

If you are missing either a Master Promissory Note or Entrance Interview Counseling Session, you will be directed to log onto www.studentloans.gov

Tax Transcripts for either parents or students may be faxed to the Financial Aid Office at 918-495-6803, dropped off at our front desk, or mailed to the Financial Aid Office at 7777 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74171. You may also submit an e-mail with attachments to ORUFinaid@oru.edu

During registration, it may take more time to record the receipt and review documentation submitted. Therefore, we encourage students with outstanding issues to review their VISION accounts throughout the application process, and follow up as appropriate

 

What is the renewal requirement for the Whole Person Talent Scholarship?

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Renewal of your Whole Person Talent award is contingent upon your participation in the awarding major department. Should the department cancel your award for any reason, you will receive the Merit award initially offered upon your acceptance to ORU, provided you have maintained the minimum cumulative GPA for the merit program.

Can I participate in both Merit and Whole Person Talent Scholarship programs?

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No. If you receive a Whole Person Talent Scholarship, your  Merit Scholarship is canceled.

Can I receive additional departmental funds at the same time as Whole Person Talent?

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No. The Whole Person Talent award is granted by your department, so they are not able to award additional departmental funds to recipients.

What departments offer Talent scholarships?

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The Drama, Dance, Music, Art, and Media colleges offer departmental talent awards.

Can I still receive my Talent award if I change to a different academic major?

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No. The ORU Talent award is based upon your majoring in the awarding department. If you are no longer participating in a Talent-eligible major your Talent Scholarship will be canceled.

What is the renewal requirement for the Quest Whole Person Scholarship?

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Quest Whole Person Scholarships are renewed based on Whole Person Assessment (WPA) scores and Grade Point Average (GPA) following the completion of the spring semester.

Effective Fall 2011, students with awards above $15,000 must maintain at least a 3.5 WPA and 3.0 GPA; those with awards $15,000 or below must maintain a 3.0 WPA and 2.50 GPA.

Students not meeting these criteria will be evaluated further based on a sliding scale adopted by the Whole Person Scholarship Committee averaging the GPA and WPA scores. Students with awards above $15,000 will be approved for renewal with an average of 3.0 and those with awards $15,000 or below will be approved for renewal with an average of 2.50 on the sliding scale.

Students whose scores do not meet either standard may appeal to have their awards reinstated on a probationary basis. All appeals must be received by Committee deadlines to be considered.

What happens if my Whole Person Assessment Score (WPA) is below the renewal requirement?

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If you do not meet the renewal requirement for your Whole Person Scholarship by the end of the Spring semester, your Scholarship will be canceled for the upcoming academic year. All students who do not achieve the renewal WPA will be notified of their loss of aid.

Can I appeal the loss of my Quest Whole Person Scholarship if my WPA is below the renewal requirement?

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Yes. The Quest Whole Person Appeals Committee meets twice during the summer to review appeals for scholarships. If you feel you have lost your Quest Whole Person Scholarship in error, or if you have completed additional coursework to raise your WPA, you may submit a written appeal. Submission of appeal does not guarantee the reinstatement of award. You will be notified of the Committee’s decision within one week of their meeting.

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