Scholarships and Awards

Foundation Awards

Keeping a college education attainable and affordable makes a profound difference in the lives of UCO students. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the UCO Foundation assists students with their college expenses by offering more than 450 scholarships and awards each year.

While each scholarship and award has its own unique selection criteria, they all reward our students who work hard to maintain high academic standards, give back to the university and the community through their leadership and service and represent UCO's core values of character, civility and community.

The application process for the majority of our scholarships and awards begins in late fall. At that time, we will post downloadable applications and forms to the Forms & Deadlines page in the Scholarships and Awards section of our website. Please contact Heather Feith, business manager, with questions regarding the scholarship and award application process.

The Foundation places a high priority on growing the number of scholarships and awards we offer to UCO students. If you are a donor who would like to establish a new scholarship or award with your gift, please contact the UCO Foundation office at (405) 974-3798.

Alumni Awards

Tuition Waivers 
The University offers out-of-state tuition waivers to students whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) are UCO graduates. The waiver brings tuition costs down to in-state rates. Students must meet UCO admission requirements, and the waiver is renewable. For an application, contact the UCO Admissions Office at (405) 974-2338.

Legacy Scholarships
2013 - 2014 Legacy Scholars
Alex Miller
Dakota Jordan
Katherine Reeder

The UCO Alumni Association offers three $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) are UCO graduates. This scholarship is provided through Alumni Association membership dues and the individual support of alumni.

The Legacy Scholarship is a competitive scholarship and the recipients are chosen through a selection process by a committee. Recipients will be notified and the information will be posted on the Alumni Association website in the News and Events section.

Students must complete the Application for Admissions and Scholarships. Scholarship questions are only included in the application prior to the scholarship deadline. Applicants must also meet UCO admission requirements and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours.

1.) 20 composite ACT score or 940 Reading and Math combined SAT score (Juniors and Seniors) OR

2.) 2.7 non-weighted, cumulative GPA and a class ranking in the upper 50% of your graduating class (Fall Semester Senior Year or Final Transcript) OR

3.) 2.7 non-weighted GPA in the 15 unit high school core curriculum (Final Transcript).

4.) First Time Freshman from an unaccredited high school (regional accreditation only) or Home School will have admissions based on ACT/SAT score only.

For more information, contact the UCO Office of Alumni Relations at (405) 974-2421 or

Distinguished Alumni Award and Family of the Year
For more than 50 years, UCO has honored its most outstanding alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Family of the Year Award. These are the highest honors alumni can receive. These individuals truly are Central's brightest shining stars. The award recognizes their outstanding accomplishments in education, arts and sciences, business/professions, community service or university service. Nominations are closed at this time, but will be available in May 2016.