Applications for the new Meinders Business Leadership Fellows Program are open.
The program is a four-year scholarship for incoming full-time freshmen. There are seventeen openings for that scholarship in the fall.
Trustee Herman Meinders created the scholarship in August and made a multi-million dollar donation to the business school to fund it.
The scholarship program covers full tuition for freshmen entering Meinders.
Accepted students will participate in co-curricular learning in addition to their business classes, including personal development programs each year, opportunities to meet business leaders at special events and an annual group service project.
The program is “a prestigious opportunity for select, high-achieving, first-time, full-time freshmen,” according to the Meinders School of Business website, okcu.edu/business.
MaKenzi Fox, marketing sophomore, said the scholarship is an amazing opportunity for all who will take advantage of it. Fox also said she’s already sent information to high school students who want to attend OCU.
“I wish this program would have been around when I was a freshman,” she said. “I was having a hard time finding scholarships that could help with my entire schooling.”
Fox said the business school will benefit by gaining hardworking, academic and leadership-minded students.
“These students will be the future leaders of the school and the OKC community,” she said.
Maranda Kitchingham, Meinders director of outreach, said applications will be accepted and reviewed for the first scholarship class in Fall 2018.
Kitchingham said a group of faculty reviews the applications, then extends offers to qualified students.
Applicants must have an ACT score above 28 and a GPA above 3.5. The scholarship is for incoming business majors only.
The application includes a completed form, a student essay, a quantitative and logic component, and a picture of the applicant engaged in a service project.
Applications for early-action admission for Fall 2018 close Nov. 1. Regular admission applications are due by Feb. 1.