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 forms- one must be from your pastor

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 February 1st, 2019.

A complete PLS application packet includes:

  • PLS Application
  • 2-3 Page Essay (name included on essay)
  • 3 Reference Letters
  • Most recent official transcript
  • 2019-20 FAFSA

FAFSA completed by February 1st, 2019

Approved applicants will receive an invitation to Eagle Scholar Weekend during the University’s Homecoming & Family Weekend October 26-27 for an interview.

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* Eligible students must be a first-time freshman or a transfer for the 2019-20 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.

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*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.