Scholarships and Grants

OCU Scholarships and Grants

Oakland City University is committed to working with students and their families to ensure that private Christian education is affordable.

Our desire is to assist students as they make financial decisions about college. Oakland City offers several forms of financial assistance to students based on academic achievement, athletic ability, and financial need. We also assist students with getting the most from government financial aid. Our financial aid professionals are here to help you navigate the processes. Please take time to review our financial aid and scholarship pages to see how you can receive a private, quality Christian education at an affordable price.

Work Study

The Federal Work Study Program provides funds for part-time employment to help students finance the cost of post-secondary education.

Hourly wages are commensurable to minimum wage. Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the application process for FWS assistance. The Financial Aid Office will determine initial eligibility, hours available to work, and department assignment. The number of available positions and the potential number of hours to be awarded are limited due to the amount of the allocation approved through the Federal Work Study Program for Oakland City University.

Questions regarding work study eligibility and requirements can be directed to Oakland City University’s Work Study Coordinator, Erica Meece. Erica can be reached at emeece@oak.edu or 812-749-1224.

Scholarships

Each year, Oakland City University students receive millions of dollars in financial assistance. We are committed to working with you to find a financial solution that allows you to meet your educational goals.

Endowment Scholarship

Endowment Scholarships can be received in addition to other OCU scholarships. Both Indiana resident and non-resident students are eligible to apply for Endowment Scholarships. Please note that a limited number of Endowment Scholarships are available each academic year.  This is open to all incoming and current OCU students. To receive consideration Oakland City University’s Endowment Scholarships please complete an online application. Priority consideration for first-time students is January 1st and priority consideration for current students is March 10th.

Endowment Scholarship Application >>

21 Century Scholarship

To be eligible for the OCU 21st Century Scholarship, students must be enrolled in the Indiana 21st Century Scholar program and have completed all state requirements.  Eligible students may receive up to full tuition to attend Oakland City University. 

Alumni Scholarship

The alumni scholarship recognizes students who have family members that have previously attended Oakland City University. To apply for the Oakland City University Alumni Scholarship please apply online. The deadline for the Alumni Scholarship is March 10th.

Alumni Scholarship Application >>

Athletic Scholarship

Oakland City University is a NAIA school. The university currently offers thirteen (13) intercollegiate sports for which athletics aid is available. Athletic aid is offered to those student athletes selected by the respective coach as eligible for collegiate participation. Students who wish to apply for athletic scholarship should contact the appropriate athletic coach or contact the Office of Admissions.

Christian High School Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have received a diploma from a Christian high school and have demonstrated great academic success. Oakland City University offers this opportunity in efforts to better enable qualified students to continue their academic journey in an environment that fosters spiritual growth.

Diversity in Education Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually with an initial award of $500.00 as part of Oakland City University’s efforts to create a multicultural and diverse student body. This scholarship is only available to full time, degree seeking, freshman, and transfer students who will reside on campus. Current enrolled OCU students are not eligible to apply. This scholarship is offered to students selected by the University’s Scholarship Committee and is renewable contingent upon academic renewal requirements. Students from historically under-represented populations are encouraged to apply.

Diversity in Education Scholarship Application >>

Diversity and Multicultural Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually with an initial award of $500.00 as part of Oakland City University’s efforts to create a multicultural and diverse student body. This scholarship is only available to full time, degree seeking, freshman, and transfer students who will reside on campus. Current enrolled OCU students are not eligible to apply. This scholarship is offered to students selected by the University’s Scholarship Committee and is renewable contingent upon academic renewal requirements. Students from historically under represented populations and education majors are encouraged to apply.

Diversity and Multicultural Scholarship Application >>

General Baptist Scholarship

Founded by General Baptists in 1885, Oakland City University continues to support the education of today’s General Baptist youth. The General Baptist Scholarship is available to freshman or transfer students who are enrolled in main campus courses, full time. To be eligible, the student or the student’s parents or the spouse of the student must be a member of a General Baptist church. This scholarship (up to $5000) is renewable as long as the student remains academically eligible.

General Baptist Scholarship Application >>

Good Neighbor Scholarship

The Good Neighbor Scholarship allows for a major savings on tuition and is available to any 2021 first time OCU student living within 60 miles of campus who plans to commute.   

Homeschool Scholarship

OCU’s Homeschool Scholarship awards and recognizes homeschool students who have shown determination, self-advocacy and success in pursuing post-secondary education.   

International Student Scholarship

If you are a bright, talented, or motivated international student, and have dreamt of studying in the United States, Oakland City University has an available International Student Scholarship for you.

Merit Based Scholarship

All students meeting the entrance eligibility requirements set forth by the University qualify for merit based aid. These awards are based on a combination of your high school GPA and standardized test scores. GPA is based on the student’s final high school transcript on a 4.0 scale. All merit based scholarships are renewable for 120 credit hours, provided that the student maintains the required 2.5 cumulative GPA. For more information regarding scholarships please call the OCU Office of Admissions at: (800-737-5125).

Military Scholarship

Oakland City University is proud to honor our currently enlisted service men and women and their dependents by offering military scholarships in several programs. Please contact the Business Office for additional information and qualifications at (800) 737-5125 or (812) 749-1240.

Military Scholarship Application >>

Pep Band/Great Command Scholarship

Oakland City University proudly recognizes students with vocal or instrumental talent. Students are required to audition for an opportunity to qualify for these scholarships.  Students who wish to apply for Pep Band / Great Command scholarships should contact the appropriate OCU music staff member HERE.

RaiseMe Scholarships

Earn up to $13,000 to Oakland City University!

OCU has partnered with RaiseMe to offer micro-scholarships that recognize your everyday achievements and allow you to start earning money for college beginning in 9th grade. You can earn up to $13,000 per year, which will be part of your Oakland City University scholarship or financial aid award.

You may receive even more in your scholarship or financial aid package once we review your application, but the money you earn from Oakland City University on RaiseMe is the minimum guaranteed amount you will receive from Oakland City University.

Transfer Scholarship

If you are planning to transfer to Oakland City University as a full-time student, paying for college just got much less stressful with this transfer student scholarship.   

Worship Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually with an initial award of $500.00 as part of Oakland City University’s efforts to enhance the music and visual media technology areas of study. This scholarship is only available to full-time, degree-seeking, freshmen, and transfer students who will reside on campus. Currently enrolled OCU students are not eligible to apply. This scholarship is offered to students selected by the University’s Scholarship Committee and is renewable contingent upon academic requirements.

Worship Arts Scholarship Application >>

Other Scholarship Resources

Indiana CPA Society Education Foundation Scholarship

The Indiana CPA Society provides financial assistance to encourage accounting careers and promote financial activities for Indiana students. One such effort is the awarding of $50,000 in scholarships since 2002 to 57 students at independent campuses across the state through the Indiana CPA Educational Foundation.

Eligibility requirements:

  • The student must be a resident of Indiana;
  • attending an ICI member institution;
  • pursuing accounting studies and classes that will lead to a major in accounting or its equivalent, with a career interest in the accounting and finance field;
  • be a member of the Indiana CPA Society (student membership is free); and
  • the student must be in good standing at his/her college/university and be entering their junior year of college after having completed four semesters of course work by the end of the current semester.

INCPA is headquartered in Indianapolis and serves as the statewide professional association for CPAs.

Please visit www.icindiana.org for scholarship information.

Indiana Wildlife Federation

The IWF Endowment awards a $1,000 scholarship in memory of Charles Holt, a lifelong member and champion of fish and wildlife resources. The recipient is invited to attend the Conservation Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting to be recognized as the scholarship recipient.

http://www.indianawildlife.org/Holt-Scholarship/

The Putnam County Community Foundation

Applications are now being accepted for the Alpha Gamma Delta Eta Alumnae Scholarship. To be eligible, students must be enrolled as a junior or senior for the 2017-2018 academic year at an accredited Indiana College or university. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for this award. The scholarship is directed toward applicants with intellectual and social commitment, scholastic ability, extracurricular achievements, and a career plan that shows motivation for the future.

Deadline for submission is January 13, 2017. The application can be found on their website at the link below.

https://pcfoundation.org/scholarships/

 

Jeannette Rankin Scholarship

The Jeannette Rankin Scholarship is a scholarship for low-income women aged 35-years older. Those interested in applying should visit https://rankinfoundation.org/for-students

 

Robert E. Martin Collegiate Scholarship Program

The Robert E. Martin collegiate scholarship program available to college students that are members of Indiana Members credit union. up to twenty-five (25) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually, representing a scholarship for each of lndiana Members credit unions twenty-five
branches. For more information, or to apply online visit: https://www.imf4kids.org/rem-scholarship-application

 

More Scholarship Resources

Consult these websites for more scholarship information: