Scholarships at the College of Professional and Continuing Studies


Scholarships at the College of Professional and Continuing Studies

Choosing to get a college degree is a big step, and figuring out how to pay for it can also be a challenge. The OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies wants to help as many students as possible reach their goal of completing a college degree. That’s why we offer several scholarships to help ease the financial burden of higher education.

PACS has scholarships awarded on the basis of financial need, academic performance and emergency assistance. With the PACS scholarship window opening soon, here is a breakdown of the scholarships we offer, along with quick tips and important dates to help you on your way.

Startup Scholarship

The Startup Scholarship was established in the 1990s to help PACS students who needed additional help paying for textbooks. The awards – $1,000 each – are made based on merit and consideration of financial need. They can only be received once per student.

Each award is a tuition waiver that will be applied to your Bursar account. Four undergraduate students and two graduate students are chosen to receive the scholarship each fall and spring semester.

  • Who it’s for: Undergraduate and graduate students with fewer than 12 hours in a PACS undergraduate or graduate degree
  • When to apply: July 15 to Sept. 7 (Fall); Dec. 15 to Feb. 2 (Spring); April 15 to May 15 (Summer)

Read more about the Undergraduate Startup Scholarship.

Read more about the Graduate Startup Scholarship.

Alumni Scholarship

PACS alumni established the Alumni Scholarship more than 20 years ago. These alumni, wishing to see future students succeed in PACS programs, contacted the college to ask if they could extend their help. Their generosity led to the Alumni Scholarship, which awards deserving students with a $750 tuition waiver.

Today, two undergraduate students and one graduate student are chosen to receive the scholarship each fall and spring semester. Awards are made based on merit and consideration of financial need. They can only be received once per student.

  • Who it’s for: Undergraduate and graduate students who have completed 12 hours or more at PACS
  • When to apply: July 15 to Sept. 7 (Fall); Dec. 15 to Feb. 2 (Spring)

Read more about the Undergraduate Alumni Scholarship.

Read more about the Graduate Alumni Scholarship.

Olga Theresa Broili Scholarship

The Olga Theresa Broili scholarship was made possible by a gift from Dr. Gene Walker in honor of his mother. This scholarship helps single mothers with college expenses in the form of a $500 tuition waiver.

Awards are made based on merit and consideration of financial need and can only be received once per student.

  • Who it’s for: PACS undergraduate and graduate students who are single mothers
  • When to apply: Dec. 15 to Feb. 2 (Spring)

Read more about the Undergraduate Olga Theresa Broili Scholarship.

Read more about the Graduate Olga Theresa Broili Scholarship.

Osher Reentry Scholarship

The Osher Reentry Scholarship was established at OU in 2005 to help students who have experienced an interruption in their education. This scholarship awards students who have returned to finish their degree after an absence of five or more years. This scholarship is intended to benefit students who have considerable years of employability ahead of them — ideally aged 25 to 50.

Awards are made based on your financial need, academic promise and evident commitment to completing the degree. If awarded, students may apply to receive the OSHER scholarship again. 

  • Who it’s for: Undergraduate students returning to school after a five-year gap in their education (including the period of time between high school and college). Students must be pursuing their first degree and be taking at least 50% of their OU courses on-site.
  • When to apply: July 15 to Sept. 7 (Fall); Dec.15 to Feb. 2 (Spring)

Read more about the Osher Reentry Scholarship.

FBINAA Achievement Scholarship

The FBINAA Achievement Scholarships are designed to acknowledge the academic achievement of PACS students in the criminal justice degree programs.

Two $750 scholarships for PACS undergraduate students and two $850 scholarships for PACS graduate students are awarded each year. Students may receive this scholarship only once.

  • Who it’s for: PACS undergraduate and graduate students in law enforcement who went through the FBI National Academy Associates program. Applicants should be currently working in a criminal justice field, have completed a minimum number of hours in their PACS program (varies per degree level), and meet the minimum GPA requirements (3.25 for undergraduate students and 3.5 for graduates).
  • When to apply: July 15 to Sept. 7 (Fall); Dec. 15 to Feb. 2 (Spring)

Read more about the Undergraduate FBINAA Achievement Scholarship.

Read more about the Graduate FBINAA Achievement Scholarship.

A.R. Bert Larason Public Service Scholarship

The A.R. Bert Larason Public Service Scholarship awards students who are pursuing degrees that involve social work. The scholarship was established by Margaret Larason, Timothy Larason, Anne Larason Schneider, and Linda Larason Edmondson to honor their husband and father, A.R. “Bert” Larason. Bert Larason was from Fargo, Oklahoma, and graduated from OU in 1930. The award can only be received once per student.

  • Who it’s for: Undergraduate students who meet eligibility requirements
  • When to apply: You must apply in the CASH system when it opens in October

Read more about the Undergraduate A.R. Bert Larson Public Service Scholarship.

James M. Cook Memorial Scholarship

The James M. Cook Memorial Scholarship awards aviation students who display leadership and initiative through extracurricular activities, awards and honors.

  • Who it’s for: Undergraduate aviation students who meet eligibility requirements and follow the application process. Applicants must submit required materials.
  • When to apply: July 15 to Sept. 7 (Fall); Dec.15 to Feb. 2 (Spring); April 15 to May 15 (Summer)

Read more about the James M. Cook Memorial Scholarship.

Capt. Isaac Algaze Aviation Scholarship

The Capt. Isaac Algaze Aviation Scholarship awards aviation students who display leadership and initiative as evidenced by extracurricular activities, awards and honors and meet eligibility requirements.

  • Who it’s for: Undergraduate aviation students with a minimum 2.75 GPA who are active members of an OU aviation student club/organization
  • When to apply:  July 15 to Sept. 7 (Fall); Dec.15 to Feb. 2 (Spring); April 15 to May 15 (Summer)

Read more about the Capt. Issac Algaze Aviation Scholarship.

Rankin Family Scholarship

The Rankin Family Scholarship awards undergraduate aviation majors at OU.

  • Who It’s for: Aviation majors who meet eligibility requirements
  • When to apply: July 15 to Sept. 7 (Fall); Dec.15 to Feb. 2 (Spring); April 15 to May 15 (Summer)

Read more about the Rankin Family Scholarship.

Daniel and Melissa Hesselius CFI Scholarship

The Daniel and Melissa Hesselius CFI Scholarship provides funds to aviation students for CFI, CFII or MEI classes or flight fees. Students must be enrolled in one of these to receive the award.

  • Who it’s for: Aviation students enrolled in CFI, CFII or MEI classes who meet eligibility requirements
  • When to apply: July 15 to Sept. 7 (Fall); Dec.15 to Feb. 2 (Spring); April 15 to May 15 (Summer) 

Read more about the Daniel and Melissa Hesselius CFI Scholarship.

Winifred Adams Holland Scholarship

The Winifred Adams Holland Scholarship awards students who have been declared aviation majors (flying or non-flying) for one year at OU and who have displayed leadership and initiative as evidenced by extracurricular activities, community service, awards and honors.

  • Who it’s for: Students who have been declared Aviation majors (flying or non-flying) for one year at OU
  • When to apply: July 15 to Sept. 7 (Fall); Dec.15 to Feb. 2 (Spring); April 15 to May 15 (Summer) 

Read more about the Winifred Adams Holland Scholarship.

Lindy Ritz ATC Scholarship

The Lindy Ritz ATC Scholarship awards declared Air Traffic Management majors or other aviation majors with an ATC minor.

  • Who it’s for: Air Traffic Management majors or other aviation majors with an ATC minor who display service to the aviation department and community
  • When to apply: July 15 to Sept. 7 (Fall); Dec.15 to Feb. 2 (Spring); April 15 to May 15 (Summer) 

Read more about the Lindy Ritz ATC Scholarship.

The Carson Family Student Aviation Leadership/Volunteer Scholarship

The Carson Family Student Aviation Leadership/Volunteer Scholarship awards full-time aviation sophomores or juniors with a declared major in a B.S. aviation concentration. Applicants must be an active member of an OU Student Government Association (SGA) with Student Life Division of Aviation Studies Club(s), Campus Activities Council activity board or CAC Activity supporting committee member, OR be active in OU armed forces ROTC or a Sooner Flight Academy part-time worker.

  • Who it’s for: Aviation sophomores or juniors who meet eligibility requirements
  • When to apply: July 15 to Sept. 7 (Fall); Dec.15 to Feb. 2 (Spring); April 15 to May 15 (Summer) 

Read more about the Carson Family Student Aviation Leadership/Volunteer Scholarship.

Keep an eye out for upcoming blog posts about your financial aid options for more information about assistance paying for school.

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