Scholarships for Oaks

Support Students Through Giving


A model for the Christian university in the 21st Century, sending forth graduates across the nation and world.

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Being part of an effort to provide financial assistance that will challenge a generation of students and inspire them for the rest of their lives.  For 134 years, Oakland City has ignited a passion for learning that alumni believe has lasted a lifetime.  Participating in the Scholarships for Oaks Campaign ensures that deserving students get where they want to go in life-to a career that offers them the challenge, the economic security, and the satisfaction of doing what ignites their passion.

A letter from Dr. Ron D. Dempsey, 10th President of Oakland City University

Students are the reason that Oakland City University exists.  Scholarships are crucial to the success of students. There has never been a time when your support could aid more deserving students than now.  The Scholarships for Oaks Campaign raises funds that will go directly to student scholarships.

As a model for the Christian university in the 21st Century, Oakland City University has consistently been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as a Best College in the Midwest.  Oakland City prepares its graduates to “Go Forth To Serve” in a vast array of callings including: ministry, education, business, criminal justice, science, applied mathematics, and many more.  From class projects to internships, critical thinking skills to real-world problem solving, Oakland City graduates are proven leaders.

I invite you to be a part of a well-established community that cares about providing opportunities for students.  I invite you to be a part of an academic community that is ready to serve the best and the brightest.  We at OCU are serious about expanding knowledge in small classes, hands-on labs, and innovative instruction.  We are serious about preparing our students for life and career through engaging discussions, experiential learning, and spiritual formation of our students.  We expect our students to graduate with knowledge, expertise, and essential skills for a full life and successful career, but also with the Christian acumen that will help them change the world.

We want you to join us in this mission. Your participation in the Scholarships for Oaks Campaign does more than provide scholarship dollars.  It keeps tuition and fees competitive and ensures that the next generation of leaders are equipped to serve Christ and others as they “Go Forth To Serve.”   Help us make their dreams come true.

In Christ,

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Scholarships for Oaks Campaign

The Scholarships for Oaks Campaign is an annual campaign where gifts are used to fund current year scholarships for Oakland City University students.

We are asking the University’s constituency to support the campaign by making an annual commitment to these scholarships.  Those who give $1,000 per year will have an annual scholarship awarded in his or her name.  All gifts will go directly to students in the form of scholarships for tuition, room, board, and student fees.  If donors make a gift in multiples of $1,000, then they will have multiple annual scholarships given in their name or the name of their choosing.  Students will be informed of the named scholarship and will acknowledge the donor.

The annual scholarships differ from our endowed scholarships in that a donor must contribute each year in order to maintain the named scholarships.