A limited number of merit awards and work-study program opportunities are available. Merit awards and work-study program opportunities are based on the student’s needs, his respective church’s recommendation, the college’s consideration of the student’s application, and the student’s academic progression. Students who receive merit awards and/or participate in the work-study program will receive the applicable discount from tuition up to 16 hours.
Pastor’s Child Merit Awards
Oklahoma Baptist College provides merit awards to the children of full-time
evangelists, pastors, and missionaries. These awards reduce a young lady’s tuition per semester by 50% per semester, and a young man’s tuition by 25% per semester. Students must apply through the office of the executive vice-president each semester, at least one month before registration. If a student is accepted to receive this award and for any reason does not graduate from OBC&I, the student will be responsible to pay back the college the full amount of the award received for the duration of the time he or she was in college.
Academic Merit Awards
New students graduating at the top of their respective high school classes (minimum of ten students) will receive a 40% tuition discount for their first semester Students must apply within the first year after high school. Applications must be received by the executive vice-president at least one month before registration.
Ensemble Merit Awards
Each fall, OBC&I students audition for a position in one of the vocal groups. The young ladies (Melody Singers) and young men (Ambassadors) are selected by the administration to represent the college on tour during the summer and receive a monetary award. These awards reduce tuition for one full year by 50%. These awards are applied only after the student has completed the summer tour.
Youth Conference Preacher Boy Merit Awards
At the annual Youth Conference of Windsor Hills Baptist Church, two senior high school division preacher boys are chosen to receive merit awards to attend OBC&I. The first place winner receives a one-time tuition discount of $1000 and the second place winner receives a one-time tuition discount of $500.
Evangelist David Winston Merit Award
Each semester, at the discretion of the president and/or vice-president, various
students will be chosen to receive a portion of this award. One-third will be awarded to a young man or young lady in any field of study. The remaining two-thirds will be awarded to young men who are studying in the field of Pastoral Theology, Evangelism, or Missions. The students chosen to receive this award must exemplify the spirit of Oklahoma Baptist College’s teaching and preaching in their character and conduct.
Work Study Program
Many young ladies and some young men are provided the opportunity to work their way through college by working in custodial, food preparation, and secretarial areas of Oklahoma Baptist College. Applications for the work study program should be mailed to the office of the executive vice-president at least one month before registration. You must provide a valid driver’s license or an State ID card and your social security card. Foreign students must provide a valid passport. Note: Generally, students are responsible to report this as income in accordance with federal and state tax withholding laws. In addition, generally, full-time students are exempt from social security and federal unemployment tax.
Conditions for Merit Awards/Work-Study Program Opportunities
Financial assistance is offered only to those students who have not completed their required classes in order to graduate or have not graduated from Oklahoma Baptist College and are taking at least a 12-hour course load – not including auditing courses. No combination of merit awards or work-study program opportunities will exempt a student from paying at least 50% of their tuition and/or room and board from other sources. Additional fees are the responsibility of the student. Combinations/limits are determined on an individual basis by the executive vice-president. Also, students placed on probation or suspension for any reason may not apply for or receive any merit awards or a work-study program opportunity until after the probation or suspension has been removed.
If at any time a student becomes in arrears in his financial obligations, he then forfeits his privilege to receive any of the above named scholarships/program for the remainder of his studies at OBC&I. This decision will be based upon the discretion of the administration.