, Muskogee, OK

February 6, 2013

Parent U offers scholarship help

By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Parents seeking scholarship help for their high school-age kids can get easy access Thursday and Friday during Parent Universities.

Muskogee High School counselor Sheril Morgan will conduct the Parent Universities to help parents apply for the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program. Sessions will be 6 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday at Muskogee High School’s media center.

Parents will be able to access the Oklahoma’s Promise site online during the sessions, Morgan said.

“I want to help parents who don’t have computers at home or have access to the Internet,” she said. “Or maybe they’re just overwhelmed by the process.”

The MHS media center has approximately 25 computers parents can use, she said.

“I’ll show them how to get online and to the website, log in, go through the process and get their user names and passwords,” she said.

Oklahoma’s Promise helps pay for college education for students who successfully follow the program through high school. Participating students must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5, remain drug- and alcohol-free and have no disciplinary referrals, Morgan said.

The program is for families whose incomes are $50,000 or less.

Students involved in Oklahoma’s Promise also take a college-preparatory class load. They must take four units of English, three units of lab science, three of mathematics, three of history or citizenship skills, two units or foreign language or computer technology; one unit of fine arts (music, art, drama) or speech, plus one additional unit of the above classes.

Eligibility to apply begins in the summer after the eighth grade and ends July 1 after the sophomore year, Morgan said.

She said 25 sophomores have applied for the program so far this year. MHS has 141 juniors and seniors on the program.

Families have a limited time to apply.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or

If you go

WHAT: Parent University, featuring information and computer access to apply for the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program.

WHEN: 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday or 11 a.m. to noon Friday.

WHERE: Media center, Muskogee High School, 3200 E. Shawnee Bypass.