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!

Nomination & Eligibility

Eligible students must be first-time freshman 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.

Nominate a Student

Applicant Requirements

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 questions 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?.

3.5 minimum high school or college GPA

*3 reference forms, one must be from your pastor

PLS Application completed by February 1st, 2018

FAFSA completed by February 1st, 2018

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

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.


*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.