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Scholarships at the College of Liberal Studies

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Figuring out how to pay for school can be one of the most stressful parts of earning your degree. This is true for any college student, and students at the College of Liberal Studies are certainly no exception. In many ways, adult learners are even more aware of the impact that going to college can have on their finances because they have many other responsibilities to keep in mind as well.

Thankfully, there are several scholarship opportunities out there to help students pay for school. CLS has several that are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic performance and emergency assistance. Here is a breakdown of the scholarships we offer, along with quick tips and important dates to help you on your way.

Startup Scholarship

Who it’s for: Undergraduate and graduate students in their first semester at CLS

When to apply: July 28 to September 7 (Fall); December 15 to February 2 (Spring)

Quick facts: The CLS Startup Scholarship was established in the 1990s to help CLS students who needed additional help paying for textbooks. The awards – $750 each – are made based on merit and consideration of financial need and can only be received once per student.

Each award is a tuition waiver that will be applied to your Bursar account. Four undergraduate students and two graduate students are chosen to receive the scholarship each fall and spring semester.

Apply Now for the Undergraduate Startup Scholarship

Apply Now for the Graduate Startup Scholarship

Alumni Scholarship

Who it’s for: Undergraduate and graduate students who have completed 12 hours or more at CLS

When to apply: July 28 to September 7 (Fall); December 15 to February 2 (Spring)

Quick facts: CLS alumni established the CLS Alumni Scholarship more than 20 years ago. These alumni, wishing to see future students succeed in CLS programs, contacted the college to ask if they could extend their help. Their generosity led to the Alumni Scholarship, which awards deserving students with a $750 tuition waiver.

Today, two undergraduate students and one graduate student are chosen to receive the scholarship each fall and spring semester. Awards are made based on merit and consideration of financial need and can only be received once per student.

Apply Now for the Undergraduate Alumni Scholarship

Apply Now for the Graduate Alumni Scholarship

Olga Theresa Broili Scholarship

Who it’s for: CLS undergraduate and graduate students who are single mothers

When to apply: December 15 to February 2 (Spring)

Quick facts: The Olga Theresa Broili scholarship was made possible by a gift from Dr. Gene Walker in honor of his mother. This scholarship helps single mothers with college expenses in the form of a $500 tuition waiver.

Awards are made based on merit and consideration of financial need and can only be received once per student.

Apply Now for the Undergraduate Scholarship

Apply Now for the Graduate Scholarship

OSHER Reentry Scholarship

Who it’s for: Undergraduate students returning to school after a five-year gap in their education (including the period of time between high school and college). Student must be pursuing their first degree and be taking at least 50% of their OU courses onsite.

When to apply: July 28 to September 7 (Fall); December 15 to February 2 (Spring)

Quick facts: The Osher Reentry Scholarship was established at OU in 2005 to help students who have experienced an interruption in their education. This scholarship awards students who have returned to finish their degree after an absence of five or more years. This scholarship is intended to benefit students who have considerable years of employability ahead of them—ideally aged 25 to 50.

Awards are made based on your financial need, academic promise and evident commitment to completing the degree. If awarded, students may apply to receive the OSHER scholarship again. Please check our website to see if you qualify.

Apply Now for the OSHER Reentry Scholarship

FBINAA Achievement Scholarship

Who it’s for: CLS undergraduate and graduate students in law enforcement who went through the FBI National Academy Associates program. Applicants should be currently working in a criminal justice field, have completed a minimum number of hours in their CLS program (varies per degree level) and meet the minimum GPA requirements (3.25 for undergraduate students and 3.5 for graduates).

When to apply: July 28 to September 7 (Fall); December 15 to February 2 (Spring)

Quick facts: The FBINAA Achievement Scholarships are designed to acknowledge the academic achievement of CLS students in the criminal justice degree programs.

Two $750 scholarships for CLS undergraduate students and two $850 scholarships for CLS graduate students are awarded each year. Students may receive this scholarship only once.

Apply Now for the FBINAA Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship

Apply Now for the FBINAA Graduate Achievement Scholarship

A.R. Bert Larason Public Service Scholarship

Who it’s for: Undergraduate students who meet eligibility requirements

When to apply: July 28 to September 2 (Fall)

What it’s about: The A.R. Bert Larason Public Service Scholarship awards students who are pursuing degrees that involve social work. The scholarship was established by Margaret Larason, Timothy Larason, Anne Larason Schneider, and Linda Larason Edmondson to honor their husband and father, A.R. “Bert” Larason. Bert Larason was from Fargo, Oklahoma, and graduated from OU in 1930. The award can only be received once per student.

Apply Now for the A.R. Bert Larason Public Service Scholarship

Keep an eye out for upcoming blog posts about your financial aid options for more information about assistance paying for school.

Mary Wuestewald
Mary Wuestewald specializes in digital and content marketing at OU Outreach. In 2015, she earned a master's degree in Strategic Communication from OU’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She currently contributes to Insight magazine, the CLS blog and CLS social media efforts.

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