Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship

Nominees for the Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship should show exceptional ability and the desire to pursue specific educational goals and to attend the college or university that will provide the best opportunity for them to excel.

Eligibility:

  • Must be residents of rural Oklahoma counties ( excludes 15 metropolitan counties in the Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton Metropolitan Statistical Area as defined by the U.S. Census. The following counties are excluded: Commanche, Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma, Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner.).
  • Graduating seniors of Oklahoma high schools (students who complete graduation requirements through home schooling are eligible) and demonstrate high academic capacity as evidenced by a GPA ≥ 3.25.
  • Exceptional ability and excels beyond the local high school environment in one of the following areas must be demonstrated by the nominee: (1) arts and humanities, (2) science and engineering or (3) community leadership.

The value of the scholarship is based on financial need as determined by the Scholarship Committee. The Carolyn Watson Opportunities award will vary up to $10,000 per academic year for a maximum of four years. Financial need is required.

The scholarship is a ‘last dollar’ award not to exceed $10,000.00 and may be applied to the cost of tuition, fees, required books and supplies, and room and board in on-campus, institutional housing only. Recipients must be enrolled full time in a course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree (4 years). Educational institutions must be academically accredited, nonprofit institutions. Distance/online programs will not be approved. Financial need is reassessed each year. Consideration for renewal requires a minimum collegiate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship is a scholarship fund of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and was established in 2009 by Carolyn Watson to provide scholarship support for students in rural Oklahoma. Recipients of the Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship are not eligible to receive any other scholarships awards from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

Award
$10,000.00
Deadline
03/01/2018
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please write about one of the following topics. Please limit to 500 words: (1) Describe a character from a book or play that you would trade places with, and explain why? (2) If you were a scientist today, what would you hope to discover and why? (3) Some people believe that students aren’t learning enough in high school. Should school standards be higher? Explain your answer using specific reasons and examples.
  2. The Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship seeks to support students who excel beyond the local high school environment in one or more of the nomination areas: (1) Arts & Humanities, (2) Math, Science & Engineering, and/or (3) Community Leadership. A nomination statement that is completed by a community leader or an educator is required. Please submit the name and email address of a community leader or educator who will submit a nomination statement on your behalf. Nominators who are uncomfortable with submitting an online nomination can mail in their nomination statement to the following address: Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Attn: Megan Hornbeek, P.O. Box 1146, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1146.
  3. Did you submit your household's FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) for the coming year when you completed the General Application? (NOTE: If you answered "no", please know that financial need may be considered for this scholarship, and to be eligible for this scholarship you need to return to the General Application/Student Profile and attach a FAFSA - or a 1040 if you cannot complete the FAFSA.)
  4. Did you submit a picture of yourself when you completed the General Application? (NOTE: If you answered "no", please know that a picture is required for this scholarship, and to be eligible for this scholarship you need to return to the General Application/Student Profile section and attach an appropriate picture/head shot.)
  5. Did you submit your resume when you completed the General Application? (NOTE: If you answered "no", please know that a resume is required for this scholarship, and to be eligible for this scholarship you need to return to the General Application/Student Profile section and attach your resume.)