ORU to Give 25 Full Scholarships
Oral Roberts University was founded in 1963 with a mission “to educate the whole person.” University officials say that the mission continues today to produce students who are spiritually alive, intellectually alert, physically disciplined, socially adept and professionally competent. To enhance this effort, officials say that the university is trying to identify students who exhibit these characteristics by offering 25 full scholarships and other partial scholarships for the fall 2009 semester.
“We are looking for well-rounded students who have already started to excel as a whole person. Then we can provide them with the education they need to realize their full potential,” says Mart Green, board chair, ORU Board of Trustees. “Like a basketball coach wants to find the best basketball players for the team, we want to find the best whole-person students to attend ORU.”
ORU campus life includes twice-weekly chapel services, mission projects, an emphasis on prayer, aerobics activities and health and wellness classes.
Not only does ORU have the whole person education as a driving force, but the university has also implemented a system to measure what has become known as the five learning outcomes: spiritually alive, intellectually alert, physically disciplined, socially adept, and professionally competent. This system, ePortfolio, is a personal growth assessment that can be used by students and professors to track learning and progress in each of the five areas. It is also a useful tool for students to jumpstart their portfolios and résumés as they get out into the job market.
To be considered for the Whole Person Scholarship, a freshman or transfer student must be nominated by a school, church, or community leader or a member of the ORU faculty staff, or alumni. Nominees who are selected will be invited to campus for a Scholarship Day Competition Jan. 23 or Feb. 27, 2009. For more information or to nominate a student, please visit wholeperson.oru.edu.
ORU officials say that this is also the best time to give to benefit students pursuing a whole-person education. With a minimum commitment of $1,000 per year for four years, gifts given to the Whole Person Scholarship Program will be matched dollar for dollar by the Green family, up to $4 million a year for the next four years for a potential of $16 million. For more information on donating or to give, please visit wholeperson.oru.edu/support/.
Oral Roberts University is an interdenominational Christian liberal arts university located in Tulsa. Founded in 1963 by evangelist Oral Roberts, ORU serves students from throughout the United States and over 60 countries, representing 40 denominations. Offering 65 undergraduate majors, 14 master’s programs and two doctoral degrees, plus NCAA Division I athletics, ORU is preparing its students spiritually, mentally, and physically to go into every person’s world. For more information about ORU, visit www.oru.edu.