Students seek scholarship success

By: Logan Pierce, Editor-in-Chief

On Feb. 8, Kelli Kelnar, outreach specialist, Oklahoma College Assistance Program, held a Scholarship workshop in the Tinker Terrace room. 25 students attended the presentation.

Kelnar began by offering some general advice when applying for scholarships. “February through April is the peak time for scholarship application,” Kelnar said, “That’s free money to help pay for your education.”

Volunteers finish first

Applicants with several volunteer hours stand out amongst the competition. Maintaining a high GPA also ensures greater consideration from prospective employers.

Scholarships are offered to students from many different sources, including local organizations, churches and the YMCA. Knowing where to start looking can feel daunting. Kelnar cautioned against using websites that charge for scholarship help. The service they provide is available online for free. Libraries may also be able to provide further scholarship information.

When filling out scholarship application forms, make sure they’re complete for those who will see them. “Don’t rush. Read through all the information,” Kelnar said, “If one space is left blank, they’ll through it out.”

This spells disaster

In addition to blank space, spelling errors can make or break an application. The form should be free of grammatical errors. Kelnar said, “90 percent of scholarships are eliminated after the first review.”

Prior to submitting a scholarship form, applicants should make sure their social media accounts reflect a positive image. Facebook and Twitter accounts are checked and allow for the character of applicants to be assessed.

When a reply is received, the applicant should write a thank you letter. This shows a level of professionalism that conveys ones gratitude for being considered.

This spells disaster

On Mar. 1, the campus Foundation Scholarships will be made available. Applicants must maintain a 2.5 GPA, and be an Oklahoma resident enrolled in six credit hours.

Below are some of the scholarships available.

  • President’s Leadership Class – Only available to graduating high school or home school seniors.
  • Legacy Scholars – Only available to graduating high school or home school seniors.
  • Student Ambassadors – Available to all students.
  • Tinker Federal Civic Leaders – Military spouses (E1-E6) and adult civilians (ages 24 and older) may apply.
  • Frances White Hughes Scholars – Available to students major in one of the fine arts, arts management, or art librarian areas.
  •  Hudiburg Scholars – Available to all students.

For more information, go to Applicants may also contact Carla Robison at (Graphic courtesy of

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