Cameron Gold scholarships to be offered for 2009-2010

Cameron University will offer Cameron Gold scholarships to qualifying students for the 2009-2010 academic year. Cameron Gold scholarships supplement "Oklahoma's Promise," also known as the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), to cover costs, such as fees and books, not typically covered by "Oklahoma's Promise."

"Cameron Gold scholarships will alleviate some of the financial obstacles faced by students by ensuring that students receiving ‘Oklahoma's Promise' funding have the financial means necessary to cover additional costs such as mandatory fees and books," says Jamie Glover, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.  "We encourage all ‘Oklahoma's Promise' students to apply by the April deadline to take advantage of this substantial scholarship program."

Funds from the scholarship will be awarded during the fall and spring semester for up to five years or a maximum of the 128 credit hours needed to graduate with a bachelor's degree.  Depending on student circumstances, the scholarship could be worth more than $25,000.

To qualify for the Cameron Gold scholarship, students must complete ALL of the steps below by April 1, 2009:

  1. Apply for admission to Cameron University.
  2. Submit a scholarship application to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Office of Financial Assistance.
  4. Be admitted as a first-semester incoming freshman at Cameron for the Fall 2009 semester.
  5. Be eligible for and receive OHLAP funding.

Students must take the following steps each year in order to continue receiving the Cameron Gold scholarship:

  1. Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work during each fall and spring semester.
  2. Meet university academic standards for retention.
  3. Submit a completed FAFSA no later than April 1st each year. 
  4. Submit a completed scholarship application to the Office of Financial Assistance.
  5. Remain eligible for and receive OHLAP funding. 

 For more information about Cameron Gold, go to www.cameron.edu/camerongold or call (580) 581-2289. 

ABOUT CAMERON GOLD
Cameron University established the Cameron Gold scholarships in 2007, ensuring that more students have the financial resources necessary to complete a college degree and raising the number of degree holding citizens in our community. The Cameron Gold Scholarship program is evaluated each year to determine whether it will be extended to freshmen OHLAP-qualifying students in subsequent years.

About Oklahoma's Promise
Oklahoma's Promise was created in 1992 by the state Legislature to help more Oklahoma families send their children to college. Its goal is to prepare students academically for college and to provide them financial assistance. The scholarship pays tuition at any Oklahoma public college or university and is good until the student receives a bachelor's degree or for five years, whichever comes first. It will also cover a portion of tuition at an accredited private institution or for select courses at public technology centers. Eighth- through 10th-grade students from families that make $50,000 or less and meet approved academic and behavioral standards can sign up for free college tuition through OHLAP. More information is available at www.okhighered.org/okpromise.

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February 18, 2009
PR#09-022