Scholarships for Freshmen

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships and grants are awarded to students based on their academic achievement. The awards are not based on financial need and are renewable provided the student maintains the appropriate OBU GPA. Our estimator tool gives you a quick idea of how much you can expect to receive in academic scholarships and it takes less than a minute to complete. 

Scholarship Four-Year Award Annual Award Renewal GPA
Academic Grant $20,000 $5,000 2.0
Academic Grant $28,000 $7,000 2.0
President's Academic $36,000 $9,000 2.0
Trustee's Academic $40,000 $10,000 2.0
Founder's Academic $48,000 $12,000 2.0

Full-Tuition Academic Scholarships

University Scholar

These full-tuition scholarships are made to incoming full-time freshman. Students must have at least a 32 ACT or 1440 SAT with a 3.75 high school GPA to apply.

Allen Academic Scholar

This full-tuition scholarship is awarded to a student from Western Oklahoma who has at least a 27 ACT or 1270 SAT and a 3.5 GPA.

Martin Academic Scholar

This full-tuition scholarship is awarded to an Oklahoma resident Choctaw student who is recognized by the Choctaw Nation as being Choctaw with at least a 25 ACT or 1190 SAT and a 3.0 GPA.

Oklahoma Regents Academic Scholars Program

The Academic Scholars Program, established by the state Legislature and governor in 1988 and operated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, provides scholarships to academically outstanding students who attend an Oklahoma college or university. Academic Scholars receive a $4,000 scholarship to help cover the cost of room, board, tuition, books and incidental fees for up to eight semesters. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be National Merit Scholars or Oklahoma residents with ACT or SAT composite scores in the 99.5 to 100th percentile.


Need-Based Scholarships and Grants

OBU Bison Grants or OBU Endowed Scholarships: Amounts Vary

Need-based grants awarded based on unmet demonstrated need and other financial aid student is receiving.

Allen Scholarships: $1,000 to $5000

Need-based scholarships awarded to students from Western Oklahoma based on unmet demonstrated need and other financial aid student is receiving.

Martin Scholarships: $1,000 to $5000

Need-based scholarships awarded to Oklahoma resident Choctaw students recognized by the Choctaw Nation as being Choctaw based on unmet demonstrated need and other financial aid student is receiving.


International Diversity Scholarship: $5,000 per year

This scholarship is for students attending OBU on an I-20 application. The International Diversity Scholarship cannot be used in combination with an Academic Scholarship. Students will receive an Academic Scholarship (if eligible) or an International Diversity Scholarship.


Air Force ROTC Dorm Room Scholarship

This scholarship is for recipients of Air Force ROTC Type I or Type II Scholarships who are active in OBU's cross-town ROTC program at OU. Scholarship covers OBU room charges (does not apply to private room charges). Present documentation of ROTC participation to your Student Financial Services counselor in order to receive the scholarship.


* Scholarships listed are applicable for students entering OBU for the first time during the 2018-19 academic year. Students must enroll full-time to qualify.