Scholarship funds at TCF annually provide over $1 million of educational aid for students at institutions of higher learning. Each donor or group of donors determines the conditions for which the scholarships are awarded. The diversity of eligibility criteria reflects the variety of impulses which motivate donors to create or support scholarship funds.
When setting up a scholarship fund, donors must determine what type of student(s) the scholarship fund will ultimately benefit. Will the fund support only students from a particular city or those who attend a particular university? Will the fund provide support for a particular cause, such as professional development? Will awards be determined based on merit only, financial need only or a combination of the two criteria?
Scholarship fund restrictions (regarding who is eligible to be a recipient) are generally permissible, as long as the eligible “class” of potential recipients is sufficiently large and continuously open to other beneficiaries (“the 2016 graduating class of Union High School” would not qualify, as it is finite, but “any graduate of Union High School” would as it is dynamic). Virtually any condition (or no conditions) is possible, as long as it does not violate federal public policy as it relates to discriminating on the basis of race, gender or ethnic origin and it does not inure to be private benefit of the donor or other designated individuals.
Current Scholarship Funds
The funds listed below are currently active. Qualifications for each fund are included. Please click on the scholarship name to access the application (if available). A majority of the scholarship funds have an April 15th deadline for accepting applications; however, please review the specific application for deadline details.
The Dan Stamper Scholarship assists graduating seniors from Grove High School in Grove, Oklahoma with educational expenses for post-secondary education. Students with a current classification of freshman or sophomore at a post-secondary institution who previously graduated from Grove High School are also eligible to apply. Students must re-apply annually for continued tuition assistance. (2019 Application Deadline: April 5, 2019.)
The Don and Pam Sherrer Scholarship assists a graduating senior from Balko High School in Balko, Oklahoma with educational expenses for post-secondary education. Applicants must be a graduating senior and have maintained a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5. (2019 Application Information mailed to all current Balko graduating seniors.)
The Delores and Jerry Etter Scholarship Program assists graduating seniors of Shidler High School in Shidler, OK who plan to enroll in an undergraduate program of study at an accredited U.S. college, university, technical program or grade school that results in a certificate or diploma. Applicants must be a current graduating senior. (2019 Application Deadline: March 31, 2019)
The Festival America’s Scholarship is a 1-year $1,000 scholarship award for students attending post-secondary educational institutions. Applicants will be evaluated based on leadership experience, community involvement and scholastic achievement. Preference will be given to students of Hispanic heritage pursing undergraduate degrees. (2019 Application Cycle: March 1, 2018 – April 15, 2019)
The Folds of Honor Foundation provides K-12 and post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving in the United States armed forces. Scholarships are used to subsidize the costs of tuition, school books, fees, room and board, special tools and equipment necessary for coursework and school-approved tutoring. (Application Cycle: February 1-March 31, 2019)
Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities. Believing the teacher knows best how they can make a better impact in their classroom, Fund for Teachers awards fellowships for self-designed professional growth to PreK-12 teachers who recognize the value of inquiry, the power of knowledge, and their ability to make a difference. (2019 Application Deadline: January 31, 2019)
The HEAP/DREAM Institute Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of increasing the success of the higher educational experience of students with disabilities through college scholarships, mentorships, and academic assistance. Eligible applicants are full-time Oklahoma students with physical and/or learning disabilities that are pursuing a higher education degree at an Oklahoma in state college or university.
The mission of the John Hope Franklin-ONEOK-Epsilon Iota Boule Scholarship is to enhance the educational opportunities through scholarship and mentorship for racial and ethnic minority high school students seeking to attend institutions of higher learning. A particular emphasis will be place on the cultivation, of the yet to be fully realized potential of the racial and ethnic minority student. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and if awarded, maintain a 3.0 GPA in their respective post-secondary education institution in order to receive the subsequent year’s award. (Scholarship Deadline: March 1, 2019.)
The Jordan Winkler Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships to a wrestler on the Union Public High School wrestling team who demonstrates leadership, citizenship, a strong worth ethic, and determination and is nominated by faculty and coaches. Eligible applicants are current members of the Union Public High School wresting team. (Nomination Deadline: February 28, 2019.)
Knowledge is Golden Scholarship Fund
The Knowledge is Golden Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for current and past residents of Clearview, OK, including all descendants and past graduates of Clearview High School. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, character, and financial need. (Scholarship Deadline: May 1, 2019.)
The Laura C. Stauffer Scholarship is a 1-year scholarship award for University of Tulsa graduate students pursuing a Master of Arts in Museum Science and Management and University of Oklahoma graduate student in the School of Art and Art History pursuing their Master’s thesis related to the Art of the American West. Eligible students may also be in the University of Oklahoma Ph.D. program for the Art of the American West or Native American Art program that is associated with the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West. Eligible applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA to apply and must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA at their respective educational institution.
The Bill Lay Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial assistance to a male or female student pursuing an engineering degree from Oral Roberts University (ORU) in Tulsa, OK. Scholarship applicants must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate scholastic achievement, community involvement, and personal character. (2019 Application Deadline: May 1, 2019.)
Linda Grantham and Jerry Harlan Scholarship
The Linda Grantham & Jerry Harlan Scholarship Fund provides post-secondary scholarships to current seniors at Blackwell High School in Blackwell, OK. Applicants must be attending an accredited college, university or technical school following graduating from high school. Scholarships will be awarded to students who exhibit strong academic performance; involvement in the community; strong, well-rounded personal character; and maintain a 2.75 GPA. (2018 Application Information will be available soon.)
The Murphy Family Scholarship for Teachers Fund was established to provide current teachers or teacher aides at a Diocese of Tulsa Catholic School financial assistance in their pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree in education or a related field. Eligible applicants must be a teacher or teacher aide at a Diocese of Tulsa Catholic School with a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience and have or minimum a 2.5 GPA throughout the length of the scholarship award. (2019 Application Cycle: February 1, 2019 – April 15, 2019)
The My Dream Scholarship Fund is available for incoming freshman at Tulsa Community College (TCC) who are enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) credit hours and who are not eligible for other forms of financial assistance. Scholarship applicants and recipients must maintain a 2.0 semester GPA while pursuing an Associate’s Degree. (2019 Application Cycle: February 1, 2019 – May 17, 2019.)
The Panny McElroy Distributor Scholarship Fund (Academic & Vocational)
The McElroy Manufacturing Distributors provide selected scholarship recipients with grants for tuition assistance. Up to $10,000 is awarded annually to eligible dependents of full-time employees of McElroy Manufacturing, Inc. or its eligible distributors. Employees must have been employed with McElroy Manufacturing, Inc. or its eligible distributor for a minimum of three years. Students from all majors and academic levels – including incoming freshmen, undergraduates and graduate students are encouraged to apply. A minimum 3.0 GPA must be maintained by students during the period of scholarship usage. Students may re-apply for scholarship funds annually. (2019 Application Deadline: March 31, 2019)
The RAE Family Foundation Education Scholarship Fund assists children of active, full-time employees of RAE Corporation who have been employed by the company for a minimum of two consecutive years, or individuals that have participated in the RAE internship program. Eligible applicants are individuals who demonstrate academic performance, personal character, and without financial support may not have the opportunity to attend a post-secondary educational program. Awarded applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited post-secondary educational institution in Oklahoma and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA. (2019 Application Deadline: April 1, 2019.)
The Richie’s Spirit Foundation Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate leadership, character, and initiative in school and community affairs. Eligible applicants are high school seniors currently enrolled in an accredited high school and who plan on enrolling in an accredited vocational school, community college or four-year college in the fall. (Application information can be found here.)
The Sam Viersen Family Foundation Scholarship, a component Fund of Tulsa Community Foundation, is available for high school seniors graduating from a high school in Okmulgee County. Applicant must have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 and a minimum ACT score of 24. In addition, applicant must plan to attend an accredited university, enroll in a minimum of 12 hours per semester (fall and spring) and maintain a cumulative 3.0 while in college. The scholarship award is $12,000 per semester and renewable for up to three consecutive years. (2019 Application Deadline: April 10, 2019)
The Southern Hills Country Club Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for individuals who are current full or part-time employees of Southern Hills Country Club (SHCC) who have worked for a minimum of 750 hours in the past year, or seasonal employees that have worked a minimum of 500 hours in the past 2 years. Or, applicants must be natural or adopted children of current full or part-time SHCC employees who have worked for a minimum of 750 hours within the last year. Scholarship awards are determined based on personal character, extra-curricular involvement, work history, scholastic achievement, and references. (2019 Application Deadline: April 20, 2019.)
The Terry Hessong Memorial Scholarship Fund provides scholarshttps://tulsacf.wufoo.com/forms/m1te5g1t02e0vsn/hips for students graduating from high school in Nowata County, Oklahoma. Eligible applicants must demonstrate strong personal character, academic achievement, involvement in the community, and maintain a 3.0 GPA. (2019 Application Deadline: April 12, 2019.)
The Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Auction Scholarship Fund serves the youth exhibitors who participate in the Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Shows. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors who have shown livestock at the Tulsa State Fair. (Application Cycle: December 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019)
The Women Empowered Through Education Scholarship program was established in 2003 as a resource to encourage women to return to college. Particular focus of the program is to assist women who have endured difficult circumstances but have a willingness to better their situation through education. (2019 Application Deadline: June 1,2019.)