Oklahoma Scholarship Competition
Each year, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame makes available cash scholarships and tuition grants to high school students who have studied Oklahoma’s history and heritage. Through the Oklahoma Scholarship Competition, students in grades 9 through 12 test their knowledge on Oklahoma history, geography, and its people. Students compete for scholarships in the county in which they attend school. Those with high scores in each county receive a minimum of a $1,000 cash scholarship or tuition grant to an Oklahoma college or university. Each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties has at least ten scholarships available. Scholarships are made possible through generous donations by individuals, corporations, and Oklahoma colleges and universities.
What You Need To Know:
- The Oklahoma Scholarship Competition is administered online, allowing more students access to the opportunity.
- Students must register by Friday, February 25 to participate.
- Registered students will receive a confirmation email including guidelines between February 28 and March 3.
- Each student will receive an individual password to access the testing site beginning on March 4 and closing at midnight on March 18.
- There is a one-hour time limit on the examination.
- Scholarship winners will be posted by the end of day, April 5.
The December 2022 issue of Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame serves as a supplemental study guide for the Oklahoma Scholarship Competition. Keep in mind, the vast majority of the questions on the examination come from state-adopted Oklahoma history textbooks.
$6,000 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship
First awarded in 2011, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum award one Oklahoma high school senior the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship. The $6,000 scholarship, which is dispersed to the winning student over four years, is based on the student’s leadership roles, civic/community involvement, academic achievement and knowledge and pride of our great state. Students must commit to attending an Oklahoma college or university to be considered. Students must be nominated for this scholarship by teachers, administrators or any other adult not related to the student.
Personal donations from Oklahoma Hall of Fame members from across the years made the $6,000 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship possible. A committee of Oklahoma Hall of Fame members participate in the selection of the scholarship recipient.
Kamryn Brewer (photo, left), a senior at Varnum High School in Seminole County, was named the 2020-2021 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship recipient. Her honors during her high school career include the Gordon Cooper Pre-Engineering Academy Outstanding Student, Oklahoma Honor Society, National Honor Society, and S.T.E.M. Regional Standout of the Year. In addition to maintaining grades to be recognized on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll beginning in 2017, Brewer was selected to represent Canadian Valley Electric Co-op at Youth Tour 2020 in Washington, D.C. Actively involved in 4-H, including being selected to represent her home state at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia and serving on the 4-H State Leadership Council, Brewer has led and participated in activities in both the local and county clubs.