Outside Scholarships

Searching for outside scholarships can be daunting. Here are some helpful tips & resources (listed in the tabs above) to get you started in your search.

Assessing a Scholarship

Be sure to review the Federal Trade Commission's Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams consumer information article before you begin.

Tips to help you avoid scams:

  • Avoid search tools that require you to provide an email address or physical address unless it is clear that they do not provide that information to third parties (opt out of third party sharing if possible).
  • Make an email address that is dedicated only to the scholarship search engine profiles to avoid getting overwhelmed with spam in your personal account.
  • Keep your own notes with information on the scholarships you are interested in, their deadlines, the application components, award amounts, and eligibility criteria. It is important to have all this info consolidated, especially if you are using multiple search tools.
  • Beware of sweepstake scholarships where you have to sign up for different sites (and subject yourself to spam) in order to apply. 

Legitimate Scholarships Typically..

  1. Require essays or at least a few short-answer responses
  2. Require additional support such as transcripts, SAT/ACT scores and recommendation letters
  3. Have minimum GPA requirements-though there are some exceptions to this
  4. Are rewarded once or twice per year

Scholarships that are most likely a scam usually..

  1. 100 characters or less for your essay
  2. Commonly use the term sweepstakes, drawing, or random selection
  3. Have zero requirements aside from entering your basic information
  4. Asks for your social security number (the FAFSA is the only legitimate site that should ask for this)
  5. Asks for personal financial information (credit card or bank account info)
  6. Are rewarded weekly or monthly
  7. Have an application fee
  8. Do not list their contact information (email address, phone number, mailing address (Not a PO Box))
  9. No proof of past winners
  10. They will do the work for you
  11. Scholarship awarded for attending a seminar
  12. List a mail drop for return address
  13. You were selected but never entered
  14. “Everybody is eligible”
  15. Unclaimed scholarship awards

16. Typing and spelling errors

What to do About a Scholarship Scam?

Despite your best efforts, you may still encounter a scholarship scam in your search for college aid. If you do run into a scam, or what you suspect to be a scam, there are several agencies to which you can report the company:

Education Verification Documents & Payment

If the scholarship you are applying for needs to verify your financial aid awards or enrollment information or you need to know where the outside scholarship source needs to mail your payment you can find that information here:

If financial aid verification is requested from NSU, please contact:

Office of Student Financial Services
715 North Grand Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464
Phone: 918-444-3456
Toll Free: (800) 722-9614
Email: financialaid@nsuok.edu
Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm

If enrollment verification is requested, you can request this form on your goNSU:

Click on the Student tab, in the Academic & Registration box on the right, click Enrollment Verification Request.

If you have any issues with the online request contact:
Office of the Registrar
Phone: (918) 444-2208
Toll Free: (800) 722-9614
Email: registrar@nsuok.edu
Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm

Please send all outside scholarship payments to:

Office of the Bursar
601 North Grand Avenue
Tahlequah, OK 74464
Phone: (918) 444-2160
Email: nsuoba@nsuok.edu
Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm


Other College/Money Resources

General College Information Sites:


Scholarship Mobile Apps to Download:

Scholarship Owl
College Hunch



Here you'll find a comprehensive list of outside scholarships. We encourage you to look into  all of the scholarships that relate to you. Requirements and deadlines vary on each scholarship.

* Disclaimer: These scholarships are listed for awareness purposes only and not considered endorsements by the Northeastern State University. Be sure to look through our tricks and tips to avoid any scams you may encounter. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Cleanup Expert Scholarship Program

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • United States Citizen
  • High school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited US College OR students currently enrolled at an accredited US college
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Fold of Honors Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Application window February 1 – March 31
  • Value of the scholarship: $5,000 per academic year, not to exceed $2,500 per semester  
  • Number of Awards: Varies each year   
  • Who can apply: our scholarship is open to any child or spouse whose service member has either fallen or has a combined service-connected disability rating through the VA.   
  • There is no major requirement; student must be attending an accredited college, university, technical program  
  • Open to applicants pursuing their first degree, certificate or license, post-graduate work, such as a master’s degree or doctorate, or a second bachelor’s degree or trade/technical program certificate 


GPACAC Scholarships

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • High school students from Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
  • GPA: Varies
  • Amount: Varies


The Lariat Future Innovators Foundation

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Small town student (25,000 people or less).
  • Your family household is $55,000 or less.
  • You’re curious, highly motivated in and outside the classroom – and there’s not an obstacle you can’t tackle!
  • You want to create an invention, have excelled on a project or won a science or math award!
  • Want to explore space, mine asteroids, engineer the tallest buildings – or all the above? We want your passion. Example eligible degree programs:
    • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
    • Biological Science & Pre-med
    • Chemistry
    • Materials Science and Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Nuclear Engineering
    • Oceanography
    • Physics
  • You mostly earn A's in math and science at your school, maintain a 3.5 GPA or above and/or take AP courses.
  • Students awarded the scholarship, and who continue to meet eligibility requirements, will receive funding annually as follows:
    • $6,000 as a Freshmen
    • $6,000 as a Sophomore
    • $8,000 as a Junior
    • $10,000 as a Senior


Live Your Dream Award

You are eligible to apply if you are a woman who: 

  • Provides the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
  • Has financial need.
  • Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
  • Is motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
  • Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).
  • Has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award.
  • Does not have a graduate degree.
  • Is not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.


Northeastern Healthcare System Foundation Healthcare Career Scholarship Program

  • Are you interested in a career in Healthcare?
  • Do you want to further your education?
  • Would you like for Northeastern Healthcare Systems to pay for it?
  • For more information email recruiter@nhs.ok--org or call or text 918-207-2699 


Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization Scholarships

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Applicant must be a United States Citizen, living in Oklahoma or from Oklahoma.
  • Applicant must be a woman veteran, active duty, Reserve or Guard; or a child or grandchild of a woman veteran, either by blood, legal adoption or stepchild.
  • Applicant must have a High School diploma or General Educational Development (GED) Certificate.
  • Applicant must show proof of acceptance to a specific program (degree, certificate, etc.) at an accredited institution, technology center, or training institution.
  • Applicant must show proof of acceptance to a specific program (degree, certificate, etc.) at an accredited institution, technology center, or training institution.
  • Prerequisite course work, training experiences and regular course work must be towards a specific degree or program.
  • Dropped course work below the institution full time requirement or complete withdrawal from session will constitute reimbursement of scholarship funds, unless mitigating reasons are given in writing to the Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization that show applicant’s actions were due to circumstances beyond their control.
  • Must have a GPA 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale.
  • Other tuition/fees, assistance funds or other scholarships will not disqualify the recipient from use of these scholarship funds.

Ownage's 'Make Us Laugh Scholarship 2020'

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Enrolled full time at an accredited university
  • No minimum GPA requirement
  • All domestic, international, and undocumented students are eligible to apply

Rustic Pathways Global Perspective Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school and college students who will be attending an accredited college or university

Scholarships for Psychology Majors


  • Hold a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in psychology
  • Be a member of the student chapter of the American Psychological Association.
  • Belong to an ethnic minority group


Tulsa Chapter: Oklahoma Society of CPA's - Accounting Scholarships


  • Oklahoma resident or plan on settling in Oklahoma upon graduation.
  • Eligible to graduate in the upcoming year with a major in accounting, or, if the candidate has already graduated from undergraduate work, they can be taking additional classes to pursue the 150 hours required to be eligible for the CPA exam.
  • Candidates will be ranked based on leadership roles, academic performance and financial need.


Tulsa High Education-Transfer Scholarships


  • There are many scholarships available for Tulsa-area students. Explore the many scholarship opportunities.

Textbook Nova Scholarship


  • Currently enrolled or incoming students who will be attending an accredited college or university as a full time student
  • Undergraduate students of all majors

Truman D. Picard Scholarship Announcement For Native American/Alaskan Natural Resource Students

Eligibility: Must be a Native American Students pursuing a higher education degree in Natural Resources

The Wolf Pack Scholarship


  • Students who have been accepted or currently attending a 2 or 4 year college in Oklahoma
  • GPA of at least 3.0


American Indian Scholarship Opportunities

Light the way emergency fund

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Seminary Hall, President Steve Turner issued a challenge to the Northeastern State University Centurions and President’s Circle donors to establish an emergency fund for NSU students in need. This new funding source is designed to assist students (undergraduate and graduate) during times of crisis in order for them to maintain their enrollment. It is designed to enable a student to meet a short-term financial hardship and is maintained by the Northeastern State University Foundation.

See the application and instructions here in PDF format.

light the way emergency fund for nsu students