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Four single-parent students receive scholarship through unique program

Four single-parent students receive scholarship through unique program
Oklahoma Single Parent Scholarship Program founded in 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 15, 2019) – Four Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City single-parent students have a little less to worry about this fall after they received scholarships through the Oklahoma Single Parent Scholarship Program. The program awards scholarships to qualifying single parents who are pursuing college degrees each fall and spring semester.

The four OSU-OKC students who received scholarships through the program are Jorja Stevenson and Ashley Palmer, who are studying nurse science; Cheri Tointigh, who is studying enterprise development; and Keyah Flowers, who is studying addictions counseling. 

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be a full-time student who is the custodial parent of at least one child under the age of 18 living in a single-parent household. Through the program, recipients receive $1,000 and a mentor who works with them throughout the semester. For Stevenson, the mentor aspect of the program is invaluable.

“My mentor has been through the same program that I have been, so she understands exactly what I’m currently going through,” Stevenson said. “She has been able to tell me what has helped her with things that I’ve struggled with in school.”

The Oklahoma Single Parent Scholarship Program was founded in 2016 as a volunteer-based nonprofit. The goal of the program is to ease the financial burden of paying for an education as well as provide a needed support network.

To discover more resources for single parents, visit osuokc.edu/singleparent.

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For media inquiries:

Nick Trougakos, OSU-OKC – nick.trougakos@osuokc.edu – (405) 945-9196

About Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) is part of the modern land-grant system of Oklahoma State University. OSU-OKC is a two-year public institution, offering more than 40 degrees and certificate options. Through quality education, a supportive environment, leadership training and service opportunities, OSU-OKC trains students to work and educates them to lead. OSU-OKC graduates are found throughout the community serving as police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers, healthcare professionals and business owners. More information is available at www.osuokc.edu.