Oklahoma’s Promise

Enabling Students to Pursue Higher Education


Oklahoma’s Promise empowers economically disadvantaged Tulsa youth to pursue higher education through dedicated scholarships.

By applying for the program, students can earn:

Tuition at an Oklahoma public two-year college or four-year university

Partial tuition at an Oklahoma private college or university

Partial tuition for programs that qualify for federal financial aid at public career technology centers


In order to be considered for the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

High School:

  • Must be enrolled in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade, or be between the ages of 13 and 15 if homeschooled
  • Parents’ federal adjusted gross income must not exceed $55,000
  • Must be Oklahoma resident
  • Must graduate from an Oklahoma high school or homeschool program
  • Achieve at least a 2.50 GPA in required courses (English, Lab Science, Mathematics, History and Citizenship Skills, Foreign Languages or Computer Programming, Fine Arts or Speech)
  • Achieve at least a 2.50 GPA for ALL grades 9-12 courses
  • Regular school attendance and participation
  • Avoidance of drugs and alcohol
  • No criminal or delinquent acts
  • Apply for additional financial aid (learn about FAFSA here)
  • Take part in preparatory Oklahoma’s Promise activities


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or lawfully reside in the United States
  • Must be Oklahoma resident
  • Parents’ federal adjusted gross income must not exceed $100,000
  • Meet admission standards for first-time entering students at college or university
  • Start taking college courses within three years after graduating from high school (exceptions apply for military duty)
  • Meet the college’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy requirements for eligibility to receive federal financial aid
  • Do not get suspended for more than a semester for conduct reasons

The Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship has helped me take the time to get the most out of my high school career. Once I learned what Oklahoma’s Promise did for me in the future, I was able to relax and focus on my classes.

E.H., Oklahoma High School Senior

Oklahoma’s Promise changed my life. Because of this program, I was able to attend the University of Oklahoma (OU) tuition-free. I was able to leave college debt-free, a gift I can never repay to the taxpayers of Oklahoma.

Colbi Beam, University of Oklahoma, Class of 2011

When I was in eighth grade, I heard about Oklahoma’s Promise and enrolled in the program. All I needed to do was meet the requirements and continue to work hard. Meeting every requirement necessary and maintaining a 4.0 GPA, I was able to receive the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship as I started college. Without it, I wouldn’t be on my way to my junior year of college at the University of Oklahoma.

Ricarda Urso, University of Oklahoma

For more information about admission criteria, visit Oklahoma’s Promise’s official website.