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Hispanic Student Association president at OSU-OKC has positive experience with Oklahoma’s Promise



An OSU-OKC student with a goal to become an ultrasound technician has been helped in her journey by the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship. 

“Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship has aided my education in many ways,” said OSU-OKC student Lizett Velasco. “It has given me access to further my education in a program that probably would have never happened (otherwise).” 

Oklahoma's Promise offers qualified Oklahoma students an opportunity to earn a scholarship for college tuition.

Velasco is in her second year at OSU-OKC, is in president’s leadership class, and is the president of the Hispanic Student Association.  

“Many great opportunities led me here to OSU-OKC,” Velasco said, “…allowing me to get my studies with a great community, overall great professors, and also an environment where everyone is accepted no matter who you are.” 

Velasco said at OSU-OKC, she’s met many new people that she now considers friends, and has had the opportunity to get involved with the community through PLC and HSA. She’s also been able to spread the word about our campus and make people feel more welcome, she said. 

In the future, she plans to graduate with an associates’ degree and continue on the path to getting her ultrasound technician license. She hopes to eventually start her own clinic. 

Velasco enjoys being with family and friends, and credits a lot of her success to her grandma. 

“My grandma inspires me to continue my studies and to finish my career because she always gave her everything for her children, and I want to pay her back for everything she's done for me,” Velasco said. 

She said people often describe her as energetic, and that she likes to enjoy the moment. 

“I like to inspire people to be great people and to never give up,” she said.  

Oklahoma’s Promise allows eighth-, ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade students from families meeting certain income requirements to earn a college or technology center tuition scholarship. Students must also meet academic and conduct requirements in high school.

Created in 1992 by the Legislature to help more Oklahoma families send their children to college, Oklahoma’s Promise was originally designated as the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program. The program is administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

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