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Panhandle Promise Scholarship

Panhandle Promise - A new scholarship is available for Education Majors

The Panhandle Promise Scholarship is a community driven partnership between Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Oklahoma panhandle public school districts, and community and private donors.

The Panhandle’s Promise Scholarship pursues two complementary objectives designed to meet the dual community needs of connecting residents with meaningful education that translates to sustainable wages and meeting the local education workforce demand.

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The average federal grant for Panhandle State students is $4,285 annually.

The average unmet “gap” for Panhandle State students is $16,800 over four years.

Panhandle Promise Scholarship is a “gap funding” scholarship.

  • PPS addresses the desperate need for highly trained educators in the panhandle public school district’s classrooms.

  • PPS removes the financial barrier and offers incentive for local residents to pursue classroom teacher degrees. in exchange for a two- year commitment to teach in an Oklahoma panhandle public school.

  • For qualified students it pays the expected out-of-pocket costs for tuition and fees a student would face after federal and state aid, and all other scholarships the student receives, are applied. Panhandle State also funds up to $2,000 per year in tuition waivers for each eligible PPS student.

  • One requirement of accepting the scholarship is signing a two-year commitment letter to work as an educator in one of 16 Oklahoma panhandle public school districts.

Scholarship Criteria

This scholarship is for students who will be enrolled FULL TIME at OPSU in 2020-2021 in a traditional education degree pathway.

After successful application and acceptance, the student must:

  • Maintain continuous enrollment at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in an education pathway.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and/or satisfactory academic standing within the program of study.
  • Successfully complete at least 15 credit hours each for each spring and fall semester.
  • Length of scholarship eligibility will be determined by the classification of the student. Freshmen will be eligible for a term that does not exceed 4.5 years, sophomores 3.5 years, juniors 2.5 years, and seniors 1.5 years.
  • Maintain student conduct codes as cited in the OPSU Student Handbook.
  • Submit a completed FAFSA that includes the OPSU code number by the deadline.
  • Commit to work as a classroom teacher in an Oklahoma panhandle public school for two years.