The Presidential Leadership Scholarship (PLS) offered at Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s residential campus is an opportunity to highlight the best of the best in our incoming students. The recently revised scholarship is built to attract prospective students who possess strong academic and leadership skills as well as a passion for both campus and community involvement. This is an opportunity for you, the student, to become intimately involved in the leadership community at OKWU, to help mentor other students, and to get involved on campus and in the city!

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Scholarship Award Details

PLS is worth $10,000 annually and is awarded based on a committee selection process which includes the initial application, references, and an interview.

The PLS is renewable by maintaining a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, participating in specified leadership opportunities while at OKWU, and remaining good standing with the Office of Student Development.

Once awarded, PLS students are obligated to undergo leadership training and fulfill a minimum number of leadership and community service hours each semester.

Applicant Requirements

3.5 minimum high school or college cumulative GPA

3 reference letters – (one must be from your pastor, all must be non-OKWU references)

A 2-3 page essay discussing community service experience, high school and youth group involvement, and plan for involvement as an OKWU Eagle specifically answering the below questions. Please be sure to include your name on the essay.

  • What is your personal testimony?
  • Why would you like to attend Oklahoma Wesleyan University?
  • How would you define leadership?
  • How would you describe a Christian’s responsibility to lead?
  • In what ways have you been involved in leadership?

A completed PLS Application packet must be submitted by October 18 , 2019.

A complete PLS application packet includes:

  • PLS Application
  • 2-3 Page Essay (name included on essay)
  • A minimum of 3 Reference Letters
  • Most recent official transcript
  • 2020-21 FAFSA

FAFSA completed by October 18, 2019

Approved applicants will receive an invitation to come to campus and interview on November 8, 2019.

Presidential Leadership Scholarship Application

  • Application Essay

  • Please respond to each of the five following questions in an essay between 600-800 words total. Compose your essay in a Word document and upload below.

    • What is your personal testimony?
    • Why would you like to attend Oklahoma Wesleyan University?
    • How would you define leadership?
    • How would you describe a Christian's responsibility to lead?
    • In what ways have you been involved in leadership?
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • References

    List the name and emails for each of your references below. Emails will automatically be sent to them asking them to fill out a form.

* Eligible students must be a first-time freshman or a transfer for the 2020-21 academic year.

Nomination & Eligibility

Eligible students must be first-time freshmen or transfer students and can be nominated by a pastor, youth pastor, school counselor, OKWU Board of Trustee member, OKWU faculty, or OKWU staff member. Once nominated, students must be accepted to OKWU before their application is reviewed.

Presidential Leadership Scholarship Nomination

  • Please rank the nominee in the following areas from 1-5, with 1 being low and 5 being high.

*I am listed as a student’s reference, what’s next?
When a student lists you as a reference on their application, you should receive an email with instructions and a link to submit your reference. If you do not receive this email, click here.