From now until Feb. 15, 2023, Oklahoma and Arkansas high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the 2023 OGE Positive Energy Scholarship.
With its administrative partner the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, OGE Energy Corp. Foundation awards this scholarship to three deserving students and provides them with $15,000 per year, renewable annually for up to four years, or a total of $60,000 to cover tuition, books, fees and on-campus room and board.
Applicants are selected based on their academic achievements, volunteerism, community service, extracurricular activities and strength of character. Students with financial need who plan to major in STEM or pursue a degree that promotes and leads to a future career in the energy field will be given preference during the selection process.
“Building a better future for our communities is one of the guiding principles of OG&E, and supporting education is critical to this mission,” said Lindsay Laird, manager of community outreach and engagement at OG&E.
“By investing in students of strong character with an interest in STEM, we are enhancing our region’s future workforce and empowering the next generation of leaders. It’s an honor to help these students achieve their full potential.”
Grace Voth, a 2019 OGE Positive Energy Scholar, credits the electric company with energizing her college career. Voth is currently a senior at Oklahoma State University pursuing her industrial engineering and management degree. Following graduation, she will begin working as a logistics engineer and is looking forward to contributing her exceptional industry skills to our state’s energy field.
“Because of this scholarship, I was able to obtain an engineering degree from a great university and an even better engineering college without having to worry about accruing financial debt,” said Voth. “I cannot thank OG&E enough for this opportunity.”
Established in 2019, the OGE Positive Energy Scholarship encourages worthy students to pursue a degree in higher education. Eligible students must meet specific criteria to be considered, including:
· Be a graduating high school senior from the OG&E service area;
· Plan to attend a college in the states of Oklahoma or Arkansas;
· Have an unweighted GPA greater than or equal to 3.25; and
· Achieve an ACT score of greater than or equal to 25 and/or SAT score greater than or equal to 1200.
The OGE Positive Energy Scholarship is renewable for up to four consecutive years; an unweighted GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 is required to be considered for renewal.
The award may be used for tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board. Payments are made in two installments (fall and spring semester) each academic year directly to the student’s school after proof of enrollment has been provided. Payments are issued in the following academic year. No more than six credit hours may be completed online each semester.
OG&E’s dedication to education investment is evident in the company’s continuous support to deserving students, teachers and schools. In addition to scholarships, the company also funds teacher projects, offers energy efficiency grants, provides classrooms with energy education materials and partners with educational institutions to cultivate a pipeline of strong industry professionals. Since launching the program, the OGE Energy Corp. Foundation has awarded 12 Positive Energy Scholarships – totaling $720,000 – to high school seniors.