OBU recently announced the establishment of a full-tuition scholarship for students of Choctaw heritage. The Martin Scholar Full Tuition Scholarship award will be presented annually to a qualified incoming freshman and is renewable for eight semesters. OBU has previously awarded the LeRoy and Zula Martin Scholarship, which will continue along with the new Martin Scholar award.
"With the establishment of this new scholarship, the university hopes to encourage more Choctaw students to consider Oklahoma Baptist University as a viable option for their college education," Bruce Perkins, associate vice president for enrollment management, said. "Offering a full tuition scholarship each year will enrich the university's relationship with the Choctaw Nation and its leaders and potentially create additional opportunities for future OBU students. We are grateful to the Martin family for making this a reality."
To compete for the Martin Scholar Full Tuition Scholarship, students must achieve at minimum a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and a 25 ACT score or 1150 SATscore (Critical Reading and Math only). Candidates must be Choctaw with a degree of Choctaw blood recognized by the Choctaw Nation.
Candidates must provide the following documents to the university which should be postmarked no later than March 13, 2015, for consideration. These items include a completed application for admission to OBU; the FAFSA submitted to OBU, demonstrating financial need; a current high school transcript; their ACT or SATscores; a current resume exhibiting leadership and involvement in school, church, community and work activities; and a letter of recommendation from a teacher attesting to the student's academic accomplishments and abilities. Applicants must also submit a 500-1000 word essay addressing one of three questions. Selected candidates will be invited to campus for an in-person interview in conjunction with OBU's Be a Bison Day held Friday, March 27.