Finding & Applying for Scholarships

Scholarships are gifts. They do not need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations. For federal government scholarships and other resources, students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the appropriate deadlines. Langston University's FAFSA Code is 003157.


What kinds of scholarships are available?

Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or a combination of academics and a unique talent, trait or interest.  Other scholarships are based on financial need. Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or high school seniors. Some are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families).  A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition or it might be a one-time award.

How do I find scholarships?

You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office, your high school counselor or searching online. Try these free sources of information about scholarships:

  • the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend
  • a high school counselor
  • the U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool
  • federal agencies
  • your state grant agency
  • your library’s reference section
  • foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses or civic groups
  • organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
  • ethnicity-based organizations
  • your employer or your parents’ employers

When do I apply for scholarships?

That depends on each scholarship’s deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you’re in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years. If you’ve missed that window, don’t give up! Look at scholarship information to see which ones you can still apply for now.

Please note - All scholarships are not continuous. Each scholarship must be applied for annually.

How do I apply for scholarships?

Each scholarship has requirements. The scholarship website should give you an idea of who qualifies for the scholarship and how to apply. Make sure you read the application carefully, fill it out completely and meet the application deadline.

How do I receive my scholarship money?

This depends on the scholarship. The money might go directly to your college, where it will be applied to any tuition, fees, or other amounts you owe, then any leftover funds are given to you. It may be sent directly to you in a check. The scholarship provider should tell you what to expect when it informs you that you have been awarded the scholarship. If not, be sure to ask.

How does a scholarship affect my other student aid?

A scholarship will affect your other student aid because all your student aid added together can’t be more than your cost of attendance established by the school. You’ll need to let your school know if you’ve been awarded a scholarship so that the financial aid office can subtract that amount from your cost of attendance (and from certain other aid, such as loans, that you might have been offered). Then, any amount left can be covered by other financial aid for which you’re eligible. If you have questions, always ask the financial aid office.

Langston University Scholarships

There are many types of scholarships that come into the University to assist in paying student educational cost for students attending the Langston Campus as well as our Urban Campuses in Oklahoma City & Tulsa. You should apply using the Scholarship application available for the campus you plan to attend. Resident and non-resident waivers are earmarked to cover resident or non-resident tuition cost up to the amount of the waiver. University stipends, non-university, and private scholarships, if not earmarked to pay certain charges, may cover any university charge and are applied as directed by the issuer of the scholarship.

Langston University Legacy Scholarship

Students whose parent is an alum or employee of the University are invited to apply for the Langston University Legacy Scholarship. Parent or Legal Guardian must be an active alumnus of the University or a current employee who has been employed with the University for at least 6 months prior to the submission. Applicant must provide a copy of their Birth Certificate or other documentation to verify their relationship to the parent/legal guardian. The Langston University Legacy Scholarship is available to all eligible resident and non-resident students. The scholarship award for students who are residents of Oklahoma is $1300 per academic year and $2000 per academic year for students who are non-residents of Oklahoma. All Langston University scholarships are awarded based on applicant eligibility and availability of funds. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and must be planning to attend as a full-time student enrolling in at least 15 credit hours each semester. Applicants must submit a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must include the LU's School Code: 003157. Please note that previous recipients must submit a new application each year.

2018 application available soon


Langston Campus Tuition Waiver Scholarships

Langston Campus Tuition Waiver Scholarships These Scholarships are available to continuing students attending the Langston Campus and are awarded on a competitive basis as long as funds are available. New Freshmen and Transfer students are considered for scholarships through the admissions process using the admissions application and will not need to apply. The following criteria must be met in order to be considered for Tuition Waivers or Scholarships offered on the Langston Campus

  • Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application by March annually.
  • Applicants must file the current year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through and include the Langston University School Code: 003157
  • Applicants must have completed at least one full-time semester with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 if undergraduate and 3.00 if graduate.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time (15 hours if undergrad & 9 hours if graduate)

2018- 2019 Langston Campus Continuing Student Scholarship Application

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have completed the 2018-2019 FAFSA at the time of application, be a full-time Langston University student who is currently enrolled in a minimum of 15 hours on the Langston campus. Applicants must have completed at least one full-time semester with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, if undergraduate, and 3.0 if graduate.  The application deadline is Friday, February 2, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Apply for the Langston Campus Continuing Student Scholarship!

Langston University Leadership Tuition Waiver

This tuition waiver is available to resident students. Students must meet the following criteria for scholarship consideration:

Oklahoma City Campus Criteria

Undergraduate: minimum 3.0 GPA

Graduate: minimum 3.5 GPA

Tulsa Campus Criteria

Undergraduate: minimum 3.0 GPA

Graduate: minimum 3.5 GPA

Scholarship awards up to $2,000 annually.

Apply for the Urban Campus Continuing Scholarship Today!

Applicants will automatically be considered for the scholarships listed above if eligible, but may only receive one tuition waiver scholarship from the University per academic year. Awards will be offered for fall and spring, however the spring award will be contingent upon being enrolled in at least 6 hours if undergraduate/graduate student. Students must earn the following GPA to maintain their scholarship:

Continuing Student Tuition Waiver Oklahoma City

Undergraduate: minimum 2.5 GPA

Graduate: minimum 3.0 GPA

Leadership Tuition Waiver Oklahoma City

Undergraduate: minimum 3.0 GPA

Graduate: minimum 3.0 GPA

Continuing Student Tuition Waiver Tulsa

Undergraduate: minimum 2.5 GPA

Graduate: minimum 3.0 GPA

Leadership Tuition Waiver Tulsa

Undergraduate: minimum 3.0 GPA

Graduate: minimum 3.5 GPA


External Scholarships

Discover Student Loans Scholarship Sweepstakes

Discover will award five scholarships to high school and undergraduate students. Students are automatically entered to win a $2,500 scholarship when they sign up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college. Students can enter through the end of February annually. To enter and learn more, visit the Discover Scholarship Award page.

Winners will be randomly selected in March of each year.


Oklahoma Public Health Association Scholarship

The Oklahoma Public Health Association will award two $500.00 scholarships to be used in the 2017/2018 academic year. In addition to the cash award, recipients will be awarded a one-year membership in OPHA, conference registration, and a ticket to the awards ceremony luncheon, all of which are a $60.00 value. View details here. Deadline is Sept. 11, 2017.

OPHA Scholarship Application


Learn about Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Scholarship Opportunities