Finding & Applying for Scholarships

Scholarships are gifts. They don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

What kinds of scholarships are available?

Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.

Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or high school seniors. Some are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families).

A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award.

How do I find scholarships?

You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office, your high school counselor or searching online.

Try these free sources of information about scholarships:

  • the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend
  • a high school or TRIO counselor
  • the U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool
  • federal agencies
  • your state grant agency
  • your library’s reference section
  • foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses or civic groups
  • organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
  • ethnicity-based organizations
  • your employer or your parents’ employers

When do I apply for scholarships?

That depends on each scholarship’s deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you’re in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years. If you’ve missed that window, don’t give up! Look at scholarship information to see which ones you can still apply for now.

How do I apply for scholarships?

Each scholarship has its own requirements. The scholarship’s website should give you an idea of who qualifies for the scholarship and how to apply. Make sure you read the application carefully, fill it out completely and meet the application deadline.

How do I receive my scholarship money?

This depends on the scholarship. The money might go directly to your college, where it will be applied to any tuition, fees, or other amounts you owe, then any leftover funds given to you. It may be sent directly to you in a check. The scholarship provider should tell you what to expect when it informs you that you’ve been awarded the scholarship. If not, make sure to ask.

How does a scholarship affect my other student aid?

A scholarship will affect your other student aid because all your student aid added together can’t be more than your cost of attendance established by the school. You’ll need to let your school know if you’ve been awarded a scholarship so that the financial aid office can subtract that amount from your cost of attendance (and from certain other aid, such as loans, that you might have been offered). Then, any amount left can be covered by other financial aid for which you’re eligible. If you have questions, always ask the financial aid office.

Langston University Scholarships

There are many types of scholarships that come into the University to assist in paying student educational cost for students attending the Langston Campus as well as our Urban Campuses in Oklahoma City & Tulsa. You should apply using the scholarship application available for the campus you plan to attend.

Resident and non-resident waivers are ear marked to cover resident or non-resident tuition cost up to the amount of the waiver.
University stipends, non-university and private scholarships, if not earmarked to pay certain charges, may cover any university charge and are applied as directed by the scholarship giver.

2015-2016 university tuition waiver scholarships

Legacy Tuition Waiver Scholarship
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Students whose parent is an alum or employee of the University are invited to apply for the Legacy Scholarship. Parent or Legal Guardian must be an active alumnus with the University or a current employee, employed with the University at least 6 months. Applicant must supply a copy of their Birth Certificate or other information to document their relationship to the parent/legal guardian. The value is $1300 per academic year for students who are residents of Oklahoma and $2000 per academic year for students who are Non Residents of Oklahoma. Eligible applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and must be planning to attend as a full-time student enrolling in at least 15 credit hours each semester. Applicants must complete the 15/16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through and include the Langston University School Code: 003157.

Legacy Scholarship Application

Langston Campus Tuition Waiver Scholarships
These Scholarships are available to continuing students attending the Langston Campus and are awarded on a competitive basis as long as funds are available. New Freshmen and Transfer students are considered for scholarships through the admissions process using the admissions application and will not need to apply.

The following criteria must be met in order to be considered for Tuition Waivers or Scholarships offered on the Langston Campus

  • Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application by March 13, 2015.
  • Applicants must file the 15/16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through and include the Langston University School Code: 003157
  • Applicants must have completed at least one full-time semester with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 if undergraduate and 3.00 if graduate.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time (15 hours if undergrad & 9 hours if graduate)

Continuing Student Tuition Waiver
This Tuition Waiver Scholarship is available to resident and non-resident students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for undergrads and 3.00 for graduates and ranges from $500 to $2000 annually.

Langston University Leadership Tuition Waiver (resident and non-resident)
This Tuition waiver is available to resident and non-resident students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The award ranges $1,000 - $5,000 annually.

Langton Campus Continuing Student Application

Applicants will automatically be considered for the Leadership and Continuing scholarships listed above if eligible but can only receive one Tuition Waiver Scholarship from the University per year. Awards will be offered for Fall and Spring, however the Spring award will be contingent upon completing at least 15 hours with a 2.5 GPA for the fall if undergraduate or at least 9 hours with a 3.00 GPA if graduate.

External Scholarships

Discover Student Loans Scholarship Sweepstakes
Discover will award five scholarships to high school and undergraduate students. Students are automatically entered to win a $2,500 scholarship when they sign up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college. Students can enter through February 29, 2016. To enter and learn more, visit the Discover Scholarship Award page.

Winners will be randomly selected on the following dates:
June 8, 2015
September 7, 2015
December 7, 2015
March 7, 2016

The Astanza Q-Switched Laser Annual Scholarship
This annual scholarship is awarded to students in the field of medical, nursing, engineering and science. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S., have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and is enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university in the upcoming semester. More information on the Astanza Q-Switched Laser Annual Scholarship page.