With this initiative, the college will expand on its ongoing commitment to accessibility to education and affordability for students. The Dodge Family Scholars program is intended to help students reach their educational goals and assist with the costs of tuition, fees and books.
“The Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences is deeply committed to ensuring that every talented student, regardless of financial means, has the opportunity to enroll in, succeed in, and graduate from one of our many, many programs,” said David Wrobel, dean of the college. “We are also committed to ensuring the college is at the leading edge of OU’s ambitious ‘Lead On’ Strategic Plan, which includes expanding access to OU’s excellence. We are enormously grateful to the Dodge family for the support they have provided us to pursue that mission more boldly and ensure that we can better serve the needs of our current students and future generations of deserving students.”
The Dodge Family Scholars program will help bridge the gap for students who need additional financial support. Students selected for the program will receive:
- As a freshman and sophomore, a yearly $1,000 scholarship*
- As a junior and senior, a yearly $1,500 scholarship*
- An assigned MoneyCoach to assist setting up and finalizing a financial plan to attend the University of Oklahoma
- A one-time scholarship to attend Start Sooner, an early start program designed for incoming first-year students
“We are constantly searching for new ways to ensure the University of Oklahoma can better serve our students,” said Jeff Blahnik, senior associate vice president of the Division of Enrollment Management. “We want OU to be the school of choice for every academically talented student in the state. This scholarship is a very strong step in this direction for our largest college at OU. We are so grateful for this transformational Dodge family gift; it will positively impact many OU students.”
Students who qualify for the Dodge Family Scholars program must meet all the following criteria:
- Be admitted to OU as a freshman with an interested major in the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences;
- A resident of the state of Oklahoma;
- Not eligible for Oklahoma’s Promise; and
- Family must make an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $75,000 or lower on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
The Dodge Family Scholars program will be offered to all admitted DFCAS students who meet the preceding criteria. These students will be members of an exciting new cohort of talented students interested in the majors provided by DFCAS.
“Through the collaboration of the Dodge family and the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences, we have discovered a new way to support and uplift a greater number of OU students,” said Blahnik. “This initiative will assuredly shape the futures of so many Sooners through on-campus resources, scholarships and other opportunities.”