Weokie Foundation Scholarship Essay Template

Sixth - Eigth Grade

Develop good reading habits. Read for school or pleasure daily. Take advantage of learning opportunities such as travel, visiting local museums, and school or family field trips. Discuss “issues of the day” over mealtime. As parents, ask questions that require students to think through a situation.

Insure that your home is an educational environment. Have an area set aside for homework, an expectation of when homework will be completed each day, and work with your student to help check work. Learning should continue when a child is at home.

Freshman Year

Begin talking with the school counselor about colleges and careers.

Work on those grades. Grades you earn in ninth grade will be included in your final high school GPA. Grades, along with ACT/SAT scores, really do count toward college admission and scholarships.

Explore your interests and possible careers. It is not important to decide on an exact college major until you are in college, but you can start looking for things that sound interesting to you or rule out careers that might not be for you.

Get involved in extracurricular activities (both school and non-school sponsored).

Parents should begin planning for college expenses if they haven't done so already. State college savings plans should be investigated. Oklahoma Promise is a generous program for families that meet income qualifications. Parents must register their student during 9th or 10th grade to qualify for this program which helps to pay for tuition at Oklahoma universities after graduation.

Tour a nearby college.

Investigate summer enrichment programs.

Get involved in community service both school and outside of school. Summer break can be a good time to build up your service hours.

Start a personal resume that documents extracurricular activities, community service, awards, and achievements that have been received beginning the summer before 9th grade. Continue to add to this resume each year to be used for scholarship and college applications.

Sophmore Year

Fall Semester

Students should enroll in college preparatory courses and, if qualified, see if AP courses are available for the tenth grade year.

In October, take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test for practice. When you fill out your test sheet, check the box that releases your name to colleges so you can start receiving brochures from them. Also in October take the PLAN which is a practice /preliminary ACT which includes career and interest information based on student answers.

Become familiar with general college entrance requirements both in state and out of state. Some universities are raising entrance requirements.

Attend college fairs in the Oklahoma City area. Many colleges both in state and out of state will have booths at the fall fairs. Watch newspaper listings for upcoming fairs.

Spring Semester

Discuss your student's PSAT and PLAN score with your counselor. Be open to taking the steps necessary, if needed, to get your student on track.

Read, read, read as many books as possible. Work on writing skills. No matter what the career, good writing skills are a necessity. Almost all jobs will require a person to have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Make sure your students keep their grades up. It is important to have the highest grade point average possible.

Start visiting colleges (public and private, small or large, rural or urban). When you make family trips, try to visit a college even if you aren't interested in a college in that area or state. You will learn a lot about what to look for in a college that you might want to attend. College tours can be scheduled online or by calling a college admission office. You should schedule a tour at least 3-4 days in advance, if possible.

Write to colleges and ask for their academic requirements for admission.

Encourage your student to get a summer job to put money away for college and to augment their personal resume.

Schedule an SAT or ACT for April or June.

Consider taking SAT II Subject Tests in the courses you took this year while the material is still fresh in your mind. These tests are offered in May or June. For more information, go to www.collegeboard.com.

Junior Year

Junior Year Guide

Concurrent Enrollment

Senior Year

Senior Year Guide

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment

Annual Achievement Test

Nationally standardized tests are important in helping to guide schools and parents toward high academic standards. Our annual schedule of assessments are designed to help educators find out what students know and are able to do. By using technically excellent test instruments, we are able to provide valid and reliable measurements of achievement to pass on to parents. These assessments are also helpful in identifying students who are at risk of being left behind. Parents will understand what their students know and how they can help.

1st - 9th Grade -- Participate each spring in National Standardized Achievement Tests. In addition, all students in 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grade take a assessment that measures cognitive ability such as the COGAT or Otis Lennon Test.

8th Grade -- Students take the EXPLORE test in October. The EXPLORE helps measure a student's readiness for High School.

10th Grade -- Students take the PLAN and PSAT in October. The PLAN is a precursor to the ACT and helps measure a student's track for readiness to attend and be successful in college. As is standard with college preparatory private schools, the PSAT is taken to help students gain confidence in test taking and give them exposure to the PSAT prior to the 11th grade competition test date.

11th Grade -- Students take the PSAT in October. The PSAT is a precursor to the SAT. It measures not only what a student has learned, but gives insight into their ability to learn. This test is also the qualifying tests for 11th grade to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

ACT and SAT Tests are scheduled by parents or students. Students need to plan on taking the test at least 3 times before the beginning of the senior year. Most students start taking the test for practice the end of 9th grade or during 10th grade. Prep courses outside of school are strongly recommended to help students raise their score and have shown to be very successful.

Scholarship Opportunities

Hundreds of scholarships, and millions of scholarship dollars, are available to college-bound Oklahoma seniors. Scholarships are available based on academic merit, financial need, college major, community service, among other criteria. Good sources to filter through all of the options are:

General Scholarships:

Academic Scholars of Oklahoma -
Baccalaureate Scholarship for Regional Universities -
  • Sponsor: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, $3,000
  • Participating universities: Cameron University, East Central University, Langston University, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Rogers State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
  • Criteria: Oklahoma residents, ACT 30+ composite (only ACT test scores from tests administered on national test dates will be considered for admission to the program) OR National Merit Semifinalist or Commended Student
  • Application is made directly through enrolled university; additional rules

Bureau of Indian Affairs Scholarships -
  • Sponsor: Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, various scholarships
  • Criteria: member of Native American tribe
  • www.bie.edu; go to Scholarships

Edmond Women's Club Scholarship -
  • Sponsor: The Edmond Women's Club
  • Criteria: qualifying young men or women who reside in Edmond
  • www.ewc.org; go to Community, Grants, and Scholarships

Jimmie L. Dean Foundation Scholarship -
  • Sponsor: Jimmie L. Dean Foundation, $10,000
  • Criteria: Oklahoma resident, attending Oklahoma colleges or universities and desire to remain in Oklahoma after graduation, 20+ ACT
  • jimmiedeanfoundation.org/apply

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Scholarship -
  • Sponsor: AcademicWorks is the Oklahoma City Community Foundation's online portal for students to browse scholarships, deadlines, and submit applications.
  • OCCF Scholarship - one Senior per high school; criteria is GPA of 3.25-3.74
  • www.occf.org

Oklahoma Engineering Scholarship -
  • Sponsor: Oklahoma Engineering Foundation, $4,000
  • Criteria: 3.0 GPA/ACT Composite between 24-29 (ACT Math of 28 or above), Major in an ABET approved curriculum at an approved Oklahoma university, Oklahoman and U.S. residency required
  • oef.org/programs/scholarships

Oklahoma Panhellenic Scholarship -
  • Sponsor: Greater Oklahoma City Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation, $1,500
  • Criteria: Senior girls who will be attending a public university in Oklahoma affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference, GPA of 3.25-3.79/ACT 22+
  • www.okcpanhellenic.org

Veteran's Scholarships -
Weokie Foundation Scholarship -

Alumni Colleges and Universities

Abilene Christian University
Arizona School of Design
Austin College
Baker University
Baylor University
Carnegie Melon University
Carson-Newman University
Clarendon College
Clemson University
Colorado School of Mines
East Central University
Eastern New Mexico State University
Evangel University
Florida Institute of Technology
Freed Hardeman University
Georgetown Christian College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Harding University
Kent State University
Lipscomp University
Lubbock Christian University
Mid-American Christian University
Mississippi State University
Missouri State University
Northeastern State University
Northern Oklahoma College
Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University - OKC
Oral Roberts University
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Purdue University
Rochester University
Rose-Hullman Institute of Technology
Rose State College
Southern Nazarene University
Southwestern Christian University
Southwestern Oklahoma State
Tabor College
Texas A&M University
Tulane University
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Missouri
University of Oklahoma
University of Rochester
University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma
University of Tennessee
University of Tulsa
University of Washington
West VA University Institute of Tech.
Wichita State University
William Jewell College
York College

College Scholarships Awarded

Class of 2008 - $411,200.00
Class of 2009 - $871,028.00
Class of 2010 - $451,450.00
Class of 2011 - $877,180.00
Class of 2012 - $500,070.00
Class of 2017 - Over $3,300,00.00





County/Local Scholarships:


CKenergy Senior Scholarship:

Deadline: March 2, 2018

Application: http://ckenergy.coop/Youth-Programs/Senior-Scholarship


Caddo County Farm Bureau Scholarship:

Deadline: March 30, 2018 or BEFORE

Application: https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/850/caddo_county_farm_bureau_scholarship_2018.pdf


February Scholarships:

Brauns Law, PC Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Brauns Law, PC understands that future leaders can achieve success with a proper education. However, they realize that education can be a financial constraint for students and their families. To help students achieve their educational goals, their personal injury attorneys are proud to announce the launch of Brauns Law, PC $1,000 Scholarship Contest. Applicants may be high school seniors, college students, or law school students. Students must submit an essay discussing qualities they possess that have helped them overcome obstacles in life.

Website: https://braunslaw.com/scholarship/


Sweet and Simple Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Big things come in small packages, and now, those simple gifts can really pay off in Unigo's Sweet and Simple Scholarship! Think back to a time when you received a special gift that seemed so unassuming yet made such a strong impact in your life. Was it a present you could open in a box or a humble gesture from a stranger? Your gift will forever be priceless, but the Sweet and Simple Scholarship can help sweeten that present with a $1,500 award towards your college education. So, for those looking for an easy scholarship, keep it simple - sweet and simple. Applicants must be 13 years of age or older at the time of application, be legal residents of the United States or the District of Columbia, and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.

Website: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/sweet-and-simple-scholarship


Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2018

The Internet is a great technical innovation, but it gave everyone the ability to slander others anonymously without having to deal with the social consequences of their actions. In an effort to prevent cyberbullying, we have created the Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship for high school, college, or graduate students. $1,250 will be given to undergraduate or postgraduate students. $1,250 will be given to high school students.​

Website: https://www.parentinn.com/scholarship/


TeenDrive365 Video Challenge Contest

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Learning to drive is one of the coolest times for a teen, but facts have shown it can also be extremely dangerous. The first year after a teen gets their license will be one of the most dangerous years of their life. Actions such as talking on the phone or just talking to your friends in the car, not wearing a seatbelt, driving at night, texting, eating, adjusting the radio, and just plain inexperience all result in car crashes being the leading cause of teenage death in the United States. Toyota believes that you have the power to inspire your fellow teens, maybe better than a teacher or a parent can, because you know what messages will be the most powerful. That's why the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge empowers teens to put that vision on camera and save teen lives. Approach your video submission as your chance to find a message that would resonate with you and your peers. If your friends-and teens throughout the United States-were going to watch ONE video that made them think twice about making bad decisions behind the wheel, what would that video be? This is what Toyota is asking YOU to submit. Nine awards ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 will be awarded.

Website: http://www.teendrive365inschool.com/teens/video-challenge


March Scholarships:


GreenIS Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Girls Impact the World Film Festival is a Connecther initiative seeking to raise awareness about and propose solutions to the most pressing issues facing women around the world today. The Girls Impact the World Film Festival Green IS award an opportunity for current 8th - 12th grade students and college undergraduates to do just that. The grand prize is $2,500.

Website: http://www.connecther.org/gitw/gallery?tab=greenis


Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Each year, Jeannette Rankin Fund (JRF) awards scholarships to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents pursuing an undergraduate education at an accredited college or university in the United States. JRF's low-income eligibility is based on the student's estimated household income for the coming school year.

Website: http://www.rankinfoundation.org/students/application/


OU/Thunder Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Entrants must be Oklahoma state residents and high school seniors who will graduate during the 2017-2018 academic year. Entrants must apply for acceptance to the University of Oklahoma as a first time freshman in the fall of 2018 as a full time student. Entrants must be able to attend the Oklahoma City Thunder home game on March 30, 2018 to be eligible. The OU/Thunder Scholarship Committee will select five (5) scholarship recipients. Each recipient will receive two (2) Oklahoma City Thunder tickets and a $1,000 scholarship to The University of Oklahoma.

Website: http://www.nba.com/thunder/community/scholarship


Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: March 1, 2018

To be eligible to compete for the scholarships, students must be pursuing a career in print technology, printing management, publishing or graphic communications and be enrolled in a printing or graphics program at a technical school, college, or university within the United States. Applicants must also be a full-time student, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. High school seniors or current college students may apply. Scholarship awards vary in amount from $1,000 to $5,000 per academic year, in most cases, for up to four years. In addition, all current recipients are given an honorary membership in the Printing Industries of America for the duration of their studies.

Website: https://pgsf.org/application-information-instructions/


Project Yellow Light - Hunter Garner Scholarship


Deadline: March 1, 2018


Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. As an applicant you have one clear mission: encourage your peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits. The competition has three separate competitions: video, billboard, and radio. Here's what we're looking for. A video, billboard design or radio spot created to motivate, persuade and encourage your peers to not drive distracted. You have a unique opportunity to play a key role in spreading this important message. You can speak to your peers on this subject in a way that adults cannot. The more lives you can impact, the more lives you can save. For both the high school and college categories of the billboard competition, the winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Billboard designs are due March 1. Submissions for the video and radio competitions are due April 1.


Website: http://www.projectyellowlight.com/about 


Rocco Basile Giving Scholarship for Documentary Photography

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Rocco Basile Giving wants to hear your answer to this question: How can the power of photography change the world? Please also include one photograph you have taken that best exemplifies this scholarship to you. Applicants do not have to be pursuing a photography degree, nor have to be experts. They're looking for students who will be inspired by the prompt and perhaps even continue photography and an interest in social consciousness long after they've submitted their application. Applicants must be high school students graduating this calendar year who have been accepted into an accredited college, university, trade school, or design school or currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, trade school, or design school. All majors and areas of studies are encouraged to apply.
Website: http://www.roccobasilegiving.com/


SEG Scholarships

Deadline: March 1, 2018

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) scholarships encourage the study of geophysics and related geosciences. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the SEG offers a range of different scholarship opportunities. Funds provided may be applied to tuition, books, and fees. Scholarships range from $500 to $10,000 per academic year. Average awards are approximately $3,700. The number of scholarships available depends chiefly upon the number of sponsors and the amounts they contribute. SEG scholarships have been awarded to students all over the world.

Website: http://seg.org/Scholarships


OK-AHEAD Scholarship

Deadline: March 2, 2018

OK-AHEAD offers scholarship money to Oklahoma students with disabilities in post-secondary education. Scholarships can be applied at any Oklahoma technology center, or any two-year or four-year college or university. Up to three scholarships will be awarded: one to a student who will or is currently attending an Oklahoma two-year institution, another scholarship award for a student who will or is attending a four-year institution, and a third scholarship awarded to a student who attends or will attend a CareerTech. If there are no applicants from one of these institutions, the award will not be disbursed. The award amount will be up to $500 based on available OK-AHEAD funds.

Website: http://ok-ahead.org/scholar.html


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