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My Road to Graduation Scholarship

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Oakwood will provide up to $3,000 annually ($1,500 per semester awarded at the end of the semester) to assist students who enter Oakwood as first-time freshman and who complete and receive credit for at least 15 earned Oakwood University hours each semester and maintain a 2.0 GPA. Students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of nine semesters.

  1. Students must reside in an Oakwood University residential facility and purchase an on-campus approved meal plan.
  2. Students must complete a FAFSA and submit other required documentation to be eligible to be awarded applicable financial aid (with the exception of FAFSA ineligible students).
  3. Students must be full-time (minimum of 15 earned Oakwood University credit hours per semester) in order to receive the My Road to Graduation Scholarship. Any student who earns less than 15 credit hours in an academic semester is ineligible to receive this scholarship.
  4. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) as outlined in the most current Oakwood University Bulletin and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  5. The My Road to Graduation Scholarship will be awarded on a one-semester basis and once scholarships are awarded they will not be reversed for that semester unless the student becomes ineligible as noted below in numbers seven through 11.
  6. Students who receive the Prestige and Home School Attendee Award Scholarships Level 2 are eligible to receive the My Road to Graduation Scholarship, however the amount is $1,000 a semester for a maximum of nine semesters.
  7. Students who receive the Transfer, Premier, National Merit, or, GED and Home School Attendee Award Scholarships Level 1 are NOT eligible to receive the My Road to Graduation Scholarship.
  8. Students who have 30% or more of their tuition reimbursed by a Church or non-church employer or any sponsoring organization are NOT eligible to receive the My Road to Graduation Scholarship.
  9. Students who receive residential assistance packages, or housing or meal packages from Oakwood University are NOT eligible to receive the My Road to Graduation Scholarship.
  10. Students who receive SEOG are NOT eligible to receive the My Road to Graduation Scholarship.
  11. Students who are in the LEAP program, AP4, or Master’s program are NOT eligible for the My Road to Graduation Scholarship.*
  12. Students will be notified once awarded if they fall in the categories listed in numbers seven through 11, that they are NOT eligible to receive the My Road to Graduation Scholarship and the Scholarship will be reversed if awarded.
  13. As with all institutional scholarships, the My Road to Graduation Scholarship is not refundable and cannot be converted to a cash refund. All Oakwood scholarships are applied after all other aid is considered.
Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship

Awarded to students that are given the class standing of Valedictorian/Salutatorian upon graduation.

Valedictorians = $7500 over 4 years

Salutatorians = $5500 over 4 years

Contact Enrollment Management - Malcolm Taylor at 256-726-7356 for further information.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are available to entering freshmen whose GPA is 2.00 or higher and has completed the ACT/SAT requirements National Merit scholars (finalists, semi-finalists, commended) are given tuition and/or residence hall discounts.

Academic scholarships are for a maximum of four years for all bachelor degrees. Engineering students completing the dual degree program will be awarded for a maximum of three years. All scholarship recipients must maintain full-time status, 12 hours plus, in order to receive their awards.

Scholarships are also available to transfer students whose GPA is 2.50 and above. Awards will be prorated according to the admissions classification of transferable hours.
Students that participate in the Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) program will continue to receive their academic scholarship(s) while abroad.
All academic awards are posted to the student’s account after the last day to drop a course has occurred. For details regarding academic scholarships, see the Scholarship Brochure provided by the Enrollment Management Office. Students cannot receive refunds based on over awarding of institutional funds.
Student Training Entrepreneurial Program (STEP)

The Student Training Entrepreneurial Program (STEP) is designed to ensure students develop entrepreneurial skills that will assist them in their matriculation process at Oakwood and aid them as they depart to serve the world-wide community

STEP is designed to help students cover 20% of the cost of attendance at Oakwood University.   Students who commit in writing to participate in Literature Evangelism Training Center (LETC) Campaigns at least three times weekly for 12 weeks during fall 2015 and in the 2015 winter break campaigns can earn a $1 for $1 match up to $2,600. 

Oakwood University will contribute up to $2,600 to match the amount of commission students earn in the LETC campaigns for a total contribution of $5,200. 

Students should bring their clearance forms to the Office of Spiritual Life indicating how much they need to clear 70%.  Once students commit in writing to the 20% campaign they will receive a voucher for the amount needed to clear up to $5,200.  If students do not meet their commitment and fail to earn the match they will need to pay the balance of their account plus 70% to clear for the next semester.

For more information please contact The Office of Spiritual Life at (256) 726-7018

Church Subsidy Matching Scholarship Program

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Oakwood University will match up to 30% of tuition and matriculation fees ONLY for students receiving 70% subsidies from church- related employers. Thus students could receive a total of 100% free tuition and matriculation fees. Students must have at least one parent who receives NAD tuition assistance (per NAD Working Policy) at 70% Oakwood University's tuition cost to be eligible. This program is set to begin in the fall of 2016. 

Participation in the plan may result in ineligibility for other Oakwood University Scholarships, financial aid, as well as state and federal grants.  Students must reside in an approved Oakwood campus-based residential facility, and purchase an approved meal plan in order to be eligible. 

For more information on these scholarships or to apply to attend Oakwood University, please contact Malcolm Taylor, director of Admissions & Recruitment at (256) 726-7356 or email at admissions@oakwood.edu.

*Confirm eligibility by contacting the Financial Aid Office at 256-726-7210. This scholarship requires that at least one parent is currently employed by a Seventh-day Adventist organization and is eligible for the NAD Tuition assistance program (per NAD Working Policy, Y 24 05) at 70% of Oakwood’s tuition cost. Student must reside in one of the residence halls to be eligible. Receiving these scholarships may result in ineligibility for other Oakwood financial aid as well as state and federal grants.

Debt Amnesty Program

Many students have exited the University for various reasons and subsequently did not complete their bachelor's degree. Throughout the years, former students have expressed a desire to return and complete their undergraduate degree, but in some cases aged account balances present a formidable obstacle. Oakwood University will offer financial amnesty or "debt forgiveness" to former students who have not attended Oakwood University in the past five years, and who desire to complete their bachelor's degree at Oakwood University. The Amnesty program is set to start in the spring of 2016.

Click here for the Debt Amnesty ‘Forgiveness’ Petition Form

For more information on these scholarships or to apply to attend Oakwood University, please contact Malcolm Taylor, director of Admissions & Recruitment at (256) 726-7356 or email at admissions@oakwood.edu.

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