New Opportunities Scholars


  • A junior attending a high school participating in the “Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network.”
  • Be the first in their family to attend college. For the purpose of this scholarship program, the definition of “first in the family” is that applicant or applicant’s parents, stepparents or grandparents have not attended college.
  • Unweighted GPA no higher than 3.79.

The Process:
If you are recommended by the Scholarship Selection Committee of your high school, you and your parent/guardian will sign a contract stating applicant will complete a series of college preparatory activities including:

  • Working during the summer between your junior and senior year
  • Participating in a college campus visit accompanied by your parent.

By January 15th of your senior year, your high school guidance counselor must provide certification of these activities to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. If all of the required activities have been completed, you will receive the documents necessary to claim a one-year scholarship of $3,000. Funds may be used for tuition, fees and books at any academically accredited two-year, four-year or vocational/technical nonprofit institution in the United States. Payments are made directly to the school.

New Opportunities Scholars, formerly known as the Foundation of Promise, began in 2000 to encourage students who will be first in their family to go to college.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Have any of your parents, step-parents, or grandparents attended college? If any of them attended but did not graduate college, please select "Yes."
  2. Describe one leadership or community service activity or experience outside of the classroom that you value. Explain how this activity/experience motivates you to desire a college education.
  3. Did you submit a picture of yourself when you completed the General Application? Note: Please know that an appropriate headshot picture is required for the scholarship. If you did not submit a picture, please return to the General Application and upload your picture.