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Museum offering $4 million in college scholarships statewide to high school students


Staff Report

Annually, the Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum conducts major scholarship competitions to high school students across the Oklahoma

This year, organizers are making available more than $4,000,000 (up from $700,000) in cash scholarships, tuition waivers and tuition grants. To compete, students take a test on Oklahoma history, geography and people. All counties have at least eight scholarships available.

Winning students make high scores on an Oklahoma history and geography examination.

Participating are Oklahoma City University, Edmond’s University of Central Oklahoma and, Oklahoma Christian schools, Muskogee’s Bacone College, Tulsa Community College and the Chickasha’s University of Science and Arts.

“This program is designed to reward Oklahoma students who have taken an interest in the rich history of our great state,” said Shannon L. Rich, Oklahoma Heritage Association & Gaylord-Pickens Museum president and CEO. “We hope it also encourage students to stay in state to attend college and remain here to live and work after receiving their degrees.”

Individual donors and Oklahoma colleges and universities provide the cash scholarships and tuition grants and waivers are offered in varying schools.
The test is Saturday, March 30 at 13 locations statewide the state. Only high schools students in grades nine through 12 are eligible they must pre-register by March 20. A study guide is available at to help students prepare for the exam.
In addition to the Oklahoma Heritage Scholarship Competition, the Oklahoma Heritage Association offers the four-year, $10,000 John W. and Mary D. Nichols Scholarship.

As the Nichols name implies, the late John and Mary Nichols of Oklahoma City generously provided funds for the scholarship annually.
The Nichols scholarship is given to a high school senior who has not only demonstrated that he or she has paid attention in Oklahoma history classes, but has also excelled in academics, citizenship and leadership. The winners must also commit to attend college in Oklahoma.

Students must be nominated for the awards by an adult not related to him/her. That completion’s deadline is Friday, March 1.
To see a list of scholarships available in each county, to register for the test, see full list of testing sites, to download a study guide or the Nichols Scholarship nomination form visit or call 405.235.4458.

For information about becoming a scholarship donor, call Gini Moore Campbell, director of publications and education, at 405.523.3202.

The Oklahoma Heritage Association is a non-profit organization that that strives to preserve Oklahoma history and promote state pride. Through each of its various programs, the museum tells Oklahoma’s story through its people.

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