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February 14, 2013

Scholar program focuses on Checotah

— Oklahoma GEAR UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is working closely with Checotah Public Schools to promote and sign up students for Oklahoma’s Promise, the popular state scholarship program.

Oklahoma’s Promise is a state scholarship program that allows high school students from families whose annual income is $50,000 or less to earn free college tuition. Special income provisions apply to children adopted from certain court-ordered custody and children in the custody of court-appointed legal guardians.

The Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship covers college tuition for up to five years or until the completion of a bachelor’s degree at any public college or university in the state. It will also pay a portion of the tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private institution or for courses at public career technology centers that are approved for credit toward an Associate in Applied Science degree at a public college. The scholarship amount does not include items such as fees, books, supplies, or room and board.

Students must enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise during eighth, ninth or 10th grade. Students who just finished their 10th-grade year will not be eligible to enroll after the June 30 deadline.

Students who enroll in Oklahoma’s Promise, they must attend class regularly, take a 17-unit college preparatory curriculum, pass those courses with at least a 2.5 GPA and achieve at least an overall 2.5 GPA to earn the scholarship. Students must also agree to stay out of serious trouble and avoid drugs and alcohol.

For information, ask your school counselor, or apply online at www.okpromise.org.

Information is also available by e-mailing okpromise@osrhe.edu or by calling (800) 858-1840.

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