Forty-nine district students have been named Oklahoma Academic Scholars by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
The State Board of Education recognizes as an Oklahoma Academic Scholar any graduating senior who meets these requirements:
* A minimum grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale, or be in the top 10 percent of their graduating class;
* Expectation of completion of the curricular requirements for a high school diploma in the spring of 2010;
* Achieve a minimum composite score of 27 on the ACT or a combined verbal and mathematics of 1,580 score on the SAT I .
Oklahoma students can automatically qualify for the program by achieving designation as
* National Merit Scholar
* National Merit Finalist
* United States Presidential Scholar
* Scoring at or above the 99.5 percentile on the ACT or SAT
Academic Scholars will receive a scholarship to help cover the cost of room, board, tuition, books and incidental fees for up to 8 semesters.
The amount of the award varies according to the type of institution the student attends and qualification status. The annual scholarship amount for automatic qualifiers is $5,500 for students who attend the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University or The University of Tulsa; $4,000 for students who attend any other Oklahoma four-year public or private college or university; and $3,500 for students who attend Oklahoma two-year colleges.
The annual scholarship amount for Institutional Nominees is $2,800 for students who attend the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University or The University of Tulsa; $2,000 for students who attend any other Oklahoma four-year public or private college or university; and $1,800 for students who attend Oklahoma two-year colleges. The award amounts may vary from year to year depending upon the amount of funds available. Payment is made directly to the institution on the student’s behalf.
Scholars will continue to receive a scholarship each year if they:
* Maintain full-time enrollment (12 hours in the fall and spring and six hours in the optional summer or January term) each semester.
* Complete at least 24 semester credit hours each year.
* Achieve at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average each year.
The high school students from across the state who met the Oklahoma Academic Scholar criteria will be honored in ceremonies in May at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma Academic Scholars recognition includes a notation on the student’s official transcript, a gold seal affixed to the high school diploma and a certificate of recognition from the State Board of Education.
This year’s Oklahoma Academic Scholars are:
Carl Albert High School: Melissa Boothe, Laura Bryce, Blake Cooksey, Forrest Hardesty, Kristyn Hatfield, James Heurter, Lauren Hinson, Michael Johnson, Austin Kipp, Margaret Lees, Hillarie Lehmberg, Zackarie Long, Laura Miller, Eli Natividad, Hannah Nicholas, Aaron Papera, Jacob Realmuto, Justin Roper, Audrey Scheirman, MacKenzie Seeley, Katharine Steele, Robin Warnecke, Rachel Watkins, Morgan Weatherspoon, Daniel Whiting, Aubrey Willis, Madison Winstead, Kenneth Peters
Del City High School:Samantha Driskill, Jessica Green, Shannon Humphrey, Logan Huskins, Justin Mansoorian, Jessica Ramsey, Bethany Ray, Derek Stephens
Midwest City High School: Molly Allen, Holly Conner, Natalie Dickson, Chiara Foster, Michael Hand, Darby Hanna, Darren Heath, Cierra Hughes, Cynthia LaFreniere, McKenna Olsen, Erica Tafavoti, Jason Thompson