College of Liberal Arts Scholarships

Students may apply for scholarships at scholarships.uco.edu.

More information on our scholarships are can be viewed in the College of Liberal Arts Scholarships Criteria.

The College of Liberal Arts is proud to offer the scholarships listed below however, application for these opportunities are only available once every academic year. To learn more about the application window and how to apply, please visit scholarships.uco.edu.

Dean’s Office Scholarships (open to all CLA Disciplines)

Dr. Pamela Washington Scholarship for Liberal Arts Outstanding Sophomore

https://occf.academicworks.com/opportunities/1398

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship, provided by the Everett Family Foundation through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, recognizes a sophomore student who has excelled in the classroom and who demonstrate campus leadership.

Liberal Arts Civic Engagement Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to recognize a Liberal Arts student’s leadership and community involvement.

Liberal Arts Honor Society Student Officer Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: The scholarship provides recognition to the outstanding efforts of a Liberal Arts honor society officer.

Nathanial Martinez Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to a Liberal Arts major who is registered with Disability Services.

Liberal Arts Student Organization Officer Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: The scholarship provides recognition to the outstanding efforts of a Liberal Arts student organization officer.

The Panera Bread Liberal Arts Student Organization President Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: The scholarship provides recognition to the outstanding leadership and efforts of a Liberal Arts Student Organization president.

Textbook Brokers Leadership Scholarships in Liberal Arts

Scholarship Mission: To provide scholarship assistance to students within the College of Liberal Arts that demonstrate leadership.

Debate Scholarships

*These scholarships will not be listed on the scholarship portal. For more information on Debate scholarships, contact Dr. Matt Moore, Director of UCO Debate.  

Doug Duke Endowment for Excellence

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship is provided for meeting the immediate needs of debaters.

H.B. Mitchell Endowed Scholarship for Debate

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship is named in honor of former debate coach Harland B. Mitchell and is awarded to the student who exemplifies the best qualities of Oklahoma high school debate. This scholarship is for Oklahoma residents only and is only available to students beginning their first year at UCO the Fall 2017 semester.

The Lee Sherman Debate Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to a student who is an Oklahoma resident and who has committed to going to UCO and to being active in the Debate Program.

The Tyler Henry Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Debate

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship is provided to assist a student who has completed 12 hours at UCO and has been accepted to the Debate Team.

Criminal Justice Scholarships

Dr. Jaime Burns Scholarship in Criminal Justice-Corrections

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to an excelling student with the chosen major of Criminal Justice-Corrections

Dr. Sid Brown Excellence in Criminal Justice Award

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to a Criminal Justice major whose research paper is selected by the committee.

Finney Scholars Scholarship for Criminal Justice

Scholarship Mission: To provide scholarships that recognize Liberal Art students who are identified as having a proven record of high academic achievement in their chosen major.

W. Roger Webb Endowed Scholarship in Criminal Justice

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to a Criminal Justice student who shows passion and commitment to their chosen major as evidenced by strong academic performance.

English Scholarships

Adam Luke Worden Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship honors Adam Luke Worden, who received the Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minors in Religious Studies and Philosophy from UCO. This memorial scholarship provides financial assistance to an undergraduate English or Creative Writing major who is gifted in the discipline.

Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarships for English

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship, established in honor of UCO alumna Barbara Kay Gilmore, recognizes outstanding full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in English.

Bob Burke Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship, established by historian, author, and attorney Bob Burke, provides financial assistance to students applying to or enrolled in the Master of Arts program in Creative Writing.

Carol Hamilton Creative Writing Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship, established in honor of UCO alumna and former faculty member Carol Hamilton, supports a UCO senior who has been accepted into the graduate program in Creative Writing.

Clara Kessler Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship, which honors UCO alumna and Eastern Washington University faculty member Clara Kessler, recognizes an English Education major who intends to teach English.

Dale Edward McConathy Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship, established in honor of UCO alumnus Dale Edward McConathy, recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student in English who displays promise as a writer.

Danielle Lelene Barnes Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship, established in memory and honor of UCO student Danielle Lelene Barnes, recognizes a student who is pursuing a major in English and a minor in Women's Studies.

Dr. Claude Arnold Scholarship

https://occf.academicworks.com/opportunities/1390

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship, provided by the Everett Family Foundation through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, recognizes a student who has excelled in the classroom and who shows outstanding research ability and potential in the field of English Studies.

Dr. Dean Everett Outstanding English Student Award

https://occf.academicworks.com/opportunities/1394

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship, provided by the Everett Family Foundation through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, recognizes a well-rounded student who has excelled academically and has contributed to the campus community.

Dr. Loree M. Rice Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship, established in honor of emerita faculty member Dr. Loree M. Rice, recognizes a junior English Education student

Finney Scholars Scholarship for English

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship recognizes Liberal Art students who have a proven record of high academic achievement in their chosen major.

Lorraine K. Bell Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship, established in honor of former UCO English and humanities instructor Lorraine King Bell, recognizes a student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarly ability and has played an active role in department and university activities.

Martin, Wilson, and Associates Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship, established by Jim Martin and Evelyn Wilson, recognizes a Creative Writing student.

History and Geography Scholarships

Caffee Family Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to a UCO student who is a History major and has high academic achievement and strong writing skills.  

Carolyn Pool Scholarship in Museum Studies

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to a UCO student (graduate or undergraduate) in the Department of History and Geography who is active in museum studies.

Dr. Churchill Gender and Sexuality Student Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship is awarded to an excelling student(s) with the declared or intent to declare minor in Gender and Sexuality. Those with intent must submit proof of declaration and enrollment in Gender and Sexuality minor classes prior to the scholarship distribution to the student. Preference will be given to students with majors in the College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. Stan Hoig Endowed Memorial Scholarship in History

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship for a UCO student who is a declared History Department major who submits a paper focusing on the American West.

Emeritus Scholarship for History and Geography

Scholarship Mission: The scholarship is awarded in honor of a retired or retiring professor of History and Geography.

Finney Scholars Scholarship for History and Geography

Scholarship Mission: To provide scholarships that recognize Liberal Art students who are identified as having a proven record of high academic achievement in their chosen major.

John Osburn Scholarship for History and Geography

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to History or Geography students who show outstanding achievement in academics and activities as it relates to their major.

Kenneth Rees Endowed Scholarship in History Education

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship for one History Education student.

LeRoy Long IV Graduate Student Research Award for History and Geography

Scholarship Mission: This award provides funds to one graduate student each academic year to perform archival research in Oklahoma, the United States, or abroad.

Pugh Family Pioneer Endowed Scholarship in Geography

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship provides funds for a student whose major is Geography who holds a standing of sophomore or junior at UCO. The scholarship is open to US as well as International students.

Russ Goodno History Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: The scholarship is awarded to a History General or History Education major in honor of retired Professor of History Russ Goodno.

Sheryle Marlow Memorial Scholarship in Geography

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship recognizes a Geography student who shows passion and commitment to their chosen major and has financial need.

W. David Baird Scholarship in Oklahoma and Native American History

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to a UCO student in the Department of History and Geography who meets the requirements outlined in the signed scholarship agreement. 

Humanities and Philosophy Scholarships

Alumni and Faculty Scholarship for Philosophy

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship for Philosophy students who demonstrate high academic promise.

Finney Scholars Scholarship for Political Science

Scholarship Mission: To provide scholarships that recognize Liberal Art students who are identified as having a proven record of high academic achievement in their chosen major.

Richard and Helen Peters' Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Applied Liberal Arts

Scholarship Mission: To recognize a student's outstanding academic achievement in Applied Liberal Arts.

Vivian Lanier Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship for a student showing great promise in Humanities in order to aid in their quest for knowledge.

Mass Communication Scholarships

Al McLaughlin Scholarship in Mass Communication

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship recognizes Mass Communication students with at least a 3.5 GPA with preference given to a major or minor in photography.

Barbara Norman Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: To provide scholarship dollars to a graduating senior who is a Mass Communication major in order to purchase clothing for interviews.

Daniel Smith Photography Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: Two scholarships are provided: one scholarship is provided by book proceeds from Building Traditions, Educating Generations and a second scholarship is provided by various private donors.

Dr. Stan Hoig Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Mass Communication

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship for a Mass Communication major who submits a media sample suitable for publication or broadcast; preference will be given to a student who provides a sample that features the American West.

Dr. Woody Gaddis Photography Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to a photography major.

Finney Scholars Scholarship for Mass Communication

Scholarship Mission: To provide scholarships that recognize Liberal Art students who are identified as having a proven record of high academic achievement in their chosen major.

Gean B. Atkinson Scholarship in Advertising Excellence

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to a Mass Communication major who is actively involved in the professional community.

Jack Deskin Professional Media Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship awards a junior or senior studying Professional Media who displays excellence in the study of broadcasting.

Joe Hight Award

Scholarship Mission: To recognize the best paper written by a Junior or Senior for the course MCOM 4423 Media Ethics or MCOM 4433 Victims and the Media.

Media Studies Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to a UCO student in the Mass Communication Department who is a Media Studies Minor.

Price Lang Scholarship for Communication Excellence

Scholarship Mission: The scholarship recognizes a junior or senior level Mass Communication student and highlights the importance communications and media have in shaping public policy.

Reba Collins Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship is awarded to a student who shows outstanding achievement and promise in print journalism.

Stanley W. Case Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Mass Communication

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship is designed to honor veteran news anchor, broadcast journalist and UCO Distinguished Alumni Stan Case. More information on this scholarship is available here.

Wendell and Pauline Simmons Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship recognizes a Mass Communication student who shows passion and commitment to their chosen major as evidenced by strong academic performance.

Modern Languages Scholarships

Cathy Stults Scholarship in French Studies

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship provides funds to support a student who is a French major or minor.

Enes Kanter Turkish Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: To promote an understanding and awareness of the Turkish culture by providing scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled in a Turkish language course.

Finney Scholars Scholarship for Modern Languages

Scholarship Mission: To provide scholarships that recognize Liberal Art students who are identified as having a proven record of high academic achievement in their chosen major.

Nollert Family Scholarship in German Studies

Scholarship Mission: The scholarship provides funds to support a student who is a German major or minor.

Outstanding French Student

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship is awarded to a student who shows excellence in French language studies.

Outstanding German Student

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship is awarded to a student who shows excellence in German language studies.

Outstanding Spanish Student

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship is awarded to a student who shows excellence in Spanish language studies.

Pandora Tadefa Spanish Education Scholarship

https://occf.academicworks.com/opportunities/1402

Scholarship Mission: The scholarship is provided to address the demand for Spanish Language Teachers and is awarded to a student with a declared major in Spanish Education.

Samuel Henry and Elizabeth P. Mitchell Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: The scholarship is awarded to recognize students of the Modern Languages Department who are accomplished in several languages.

Political Science Scholarships

Dr. Carl H. Guild Jr. & Dr. Thomas E. Guild Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship for a political science or business student planning to attend law school after graduating from UCO.

Dr. James Caster Scholarship in Legal Studies

Scholarship Mission: The scholarship is named in honor of Dr. James Caster and is intended to aid a Political Science major who plans to attend Law School.

Dr. Randall Jones Endowed Outstanding Senior Political Science Student Award

Award Mission: To provide an award for a senior, majoring in Political Science, to recognize academic achievement, and contributions to the department, college and university.

Finney Scholars Scholarship for Political Science

Scholarship Mission: To provide scholarships that recognize Liberal Art students who are identified as having a proven record of high academic achievement in their chosen major.

Joe E. White Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Political Science (Outstanding Junior Political Science Student)

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship recognizes a Political Science student who shows passion and commitment to their chosen major as evidenced by strong academic performance.

Nance Family Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: The scholarship is awarded to a graduating student with a political science major with a 3.75 CPA.

Outstanding 1st Year Graduate Student Scholarship (General, Master of Public Administration or International Affairs)

Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student Award in General Political Science

Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student Award in Master of Public Administration

Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student Award in International Affairs

Scholarship/Award Mission: Each of the scholarships/awards mentioned are awarded to Political Science majors who exemplify high academic achievement in their specific area of study and class standing.

Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society Award

Award Mission: To provide an award to an outstanding member of Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. This award is available to an undergraduate or graduate student.

Political Science Leadership Award

Award Mission: To recognize outstanding leadership characteristics in a Political Science major.

Political Science Paper Award

Award Mission: This award provides money to recognize the winner of Political Science paper submissions. There will be a Graduate and Undergraduate paper winner. Winners will be the department’s representatives for the Oklahoma Political Science Association Paper Award competitions in the fall.

Sandra Mackey Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: To provide scholarships for graduate students in the Master of Arts program, International Affairs option.

Undergraduate Transfer Student Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: The purpose of this scholarship is to provide help to a student who has transferred in to UCO from another institution and is a declared Political Science major.

Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies Scholarships

Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies Scholarship

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship recognizes a Sociology, Gerontology, or Substance Abuse Studies student who shows passion and commitment to their chosen major as evidenced by strong academic performance.

Edmond Senior Community Foundation Scholarship in Gerontology

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship to student who is accepted in the Graduate Program in Gerontology.

Finney Scholars Scholarship for Sociology, Gerontology and Substance Abuse Studies

Scholarship Mission: To provide scholarships that recognize Liberal Art students who are identified as having a proven record of high academic achievement in their chosen major.

Judy Leitner Endowed Scholarship in Gerontology

Scholarship Mission: To provide a scholarship for a graduate student enrolled in the Master of Arts in Gerontology program.

Odom Outreach Scholarship in Sociology

Scholarship Mission: This scholarship is to be awarded to a Sociology undergraduate major who has shown resilience in his/her life and has demonstrated community involvement through volunteer efforts.

Institute of Hope Scholarship

Funding for students experiencing financial hardship, abuse, or extenuating circumstances is available through the Institute of Hope Scholarship.