I’ve heard that some scholarships don’t have applicants, and money will be given away to anyone who applies even if they aren’t eligible. Can I apply for a scholarship if I don’t meet the eligibility requirements? 

Students must meet all eligibility requirements in order to apply, or their application will not be reviewed by the selection committee.  


For the faculty recommendations, can my advisor or a professor from another school write my recommendation? 

When obtaining a faculty recommendation for the Alumni Scholarship, it must be a current College of Professional and Continuing Studies faculty member. However, it can be from a previous semester, not necessarily from the current semester. 


Do I have to be currently enrolled in classes to apply for a scholarship?

Yes, you must be enrolled in the semester for which you are applying for the scholarship in order to be eligible to apply.


Are PACS EC North America online, EC Europe and Aviation students eligible to apply for the scholarships? 

Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements of the scholarship for which you are applying. However, only students in the School of Aviation Studies are eligible to apply for our aviation scholarships. 


If I’m a PACS student, am I allowed to apply for the aviation scholarships?

Only students with an aviation major and enrolled in School of Aviation Studies classes are eligible to apply for the aviation scholarships.


Are certificate-seeking students eligible to apply for scholarships?

Only degree-seeking students are eligible for scholarships. Certificate-seeking students aren’t eligible to apply for PACS scholarships.


I don’t know what scholarship to apply for. Should I apply for all of them?

If you’re not sure what scholarship to apply for, please read the eligibility requirements for each scholarship. If you’re still not sure, contact our scholarship coordinator at mjmitchell@ou.edu


How long should my essay be for my scholarship application?

PACS scholarship essays should be one full page (double spaced, 12-point type) and fully answer the questions asked. This is your chance to tell your story to the committee and convince them that you should receive the scholarship over the other applicants. One paragraph answers are not sufficient.

When the scholarship asks for a faculty recommendation do I just list the name or do I have to contact that professor for the letter?

It is your responsibility, as the scholarship applicant, to contact the professor and ask them to write the scholarship letter for you and to submit it to the contact person and email address provided. If you do not and you just list the professor name, you will not be considered eligible for the scholarship. A letter must be submitted by the scholarship deadline.