Northwestern students seek support for Oklahoma's Promise

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Northwestern students seek support for Oklahoma's Promise

 Oklahoma Promise

Students from Northwestern gathered at the State Capitol to show support for the Oklahoma’s Promise program. Pictured are Jeremiah Campbell, Beaver senior; Bailey Trammell, Blanchard senior; Leidy Aguilar, Buffalo junior; President Janet Cunningham; Valerie Venosdel, Alva sophomore; Samy Mack, Sapulpa senior; Chancellor of Higher Education Glen Johnson; Stefan Simpson, Frederick junior; Lindsey Custer, Woodward freshman;  Riley Bryant, Alva sophomore; and Brady Fields, Seiling junior.
Eleven students from Northwestern Oklahoma State University joined more than 300 students, faculty, and representatives from Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities at the State Capitol on April 14 to show appreciation for the Legislature’s ongoing support of the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program and encourage legislators to continue to preserve the program’s funding source.

Formerly known as the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), Oklahoma’s Promise was created in 1992 by the state Legislature to help more Oklahoma families send their children to college.

“For more than 20 years, Oklahoma’s Promise has been a transformational program for the State of Oklahoma, helping more than 65,000 students achieve their dreams of going to college,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Oklahoma’s Promise continues to be recognized by many as one of America’s best college access programs, a model that combines emphases on academic preparation and financial support for college. We want to thank Governor Fallin and the members of the Legislature for their continued support of the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship.”

Oklahoma’s Promise pays tuition at any Oklahoma public college or university until the student receives a bachelor’s degree or for five years, whichever comes first. It also will cover a portion of tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private institution. The scholarship does not cover the cost of fees, books, or room and board.

To be eligible, students must apply during the eighth, ninth or 10th grade, and their family’s annual income must not exceed $50,000 when they apply. A student’s family income also must not exceed $100,000 at the time the student goes to college.

Students completing the Oklahoma’s Promise program continue to be successful academically, with high school GPAs that exceed the state average, ACT scores that exceed those of their comparable middle- and lower-income peers, and higher-than-average freshman college GPAs.

The college-going rate of Oklahoma’s Promise students exceeds the state average for high school graduates—87 percent compared to 46 percent. They also have above-average full-time college enrollment, persistence and degree-completion rates. In addition, Oklahoma’s Promise college graduates get jobs and stay in Oklahoma after college at a higher rate than non-Oklahoma’s Promise graduates—87.1 percent compared to 85.7 percent.