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Scholarship Opportunities for Art and Design Students

We know that the affordability of a college education is at the top of your mind as you navigate your college search. We make an education at OBU affordable with many scholarship opportunities, including several full-tuition scholarships and even scholarships exclusive to students pursuing art and design degrees.

Incoming Freshmen Scholarships

OBU automatically awards two annual scholarships to incoming freshmen based on academic achievement or demonstrated need.

Guaranteed Freshmen Scholarships
Total $12,000–$17,000 or more!
Scholarship Amount
Academic Merit $10,000–$15,000 based on academic achievement
Bison Grant $2,000 or more (File your FAFSA to find out if you qualify for more!)
Additional Freshmen Scholarships
Total $5,000 possible in additional scholarships!
Scholarship Amount
Visit Campus $1,000 (by Feb. 4)
$500 (after Feb. 4)
Multicultural $1,000
Out of State $2,000
Project Lead the Way $1,000

Additional Scholarships and Grant Opportunities

In addition to the scholarships automatically available to incoming students, the following scholarship and grant opportunities are available.

Academic Scholarships
Scholarship Amount
University Scholar Full Tuition
Allen Academic Scholar Full Tuition
Martin Academic Scholar Full Tuition
Oklahoma Regents Academic Scholars Program $4,000
Need-Based Scholarships and Grants
Scholarship/Grant Amount
OBU Bison Grants and Endowed Scholarships Varying Amounts
Allen Scholarships $1,000–$5,000
Martin Scholarships $1,000–$5,000
Air Force ROTC Dorm Room Scholarship OBU room charges

For more information on these scholarships, visit the Freshmen Scholarships information page.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are also available for students transferring to OBU from another university. For more information on these scholarships, visit the Transfer Student Scholarships information page.

Transfer Student Scholarships
Scholarship Amount
Academic Merit Scholarships $8,000–$12,000

Scholarships listed are applicable for students entering OBU for the first time during the 2023-24 academic year. Students must enroll full-time to qualify. Some scholarships may not be applicable for student athletes, full-tuition scholarship recipients, or students currently receiving the employee education benefit.

Art and Design Scholarships

Incoming Freshmen 

Bison Art  
This award is possible based on a scholarship application and portfolio review. The portfolio review can be conducted through a campus visit or online. Prospective students can also attend our newly created OBU Portfolio Review held at various times in the school year. The Bison Art grants may range from $1,000-$3,000 for exceptional scholarships. The deadline to submit work is February 10, 2024 for all of our Bison Art Grant applicants.

Learn more about OBU's art and design scholarship and application process.

Upperclassmen Scholarships

Six scholarships are awarded to upperclass art and design students each year. The awards range from  $500-$1,000.  Recipients are selected based on financial need and progress within the program. 

For additional information and to apply for these scholarships, please contact the division chair.