Union High Named 6A Promise Champion Again

For 10 consecutive years, Union Public Schools has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as the Oklahoma’s Promise State 6A Champion for having 191 seniors from the class of 2021 qualify for the Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarship.

Union is one of seven Oklahoma high schools named “Oklahoma’s Promise 2021 State Champions,” leading the state in the number of graduates who met the requirements to receive an Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship. Oklahoma’s Promise is a state program that provides an opportunity for students from families whose annual income is $60,000 or less to earn a tuition scholarship for college or certain programs at public career technology centers.

“Oklahoma’s Promise is a transformational program, helping students achieve the dream of a college education,” said Chancellor Allison D. Garrett. “These seven Oklahoma high schools did an exceptional job encouraging and supporting their students’ participation in this program. The State Regents and I commend them for their hard work and dedication to Oklahoma’s future.”

“We are pleased, once again and for 10 years in a row, that Union High School has been named the 6A Oklahoma’s Promise Champion,” said John Federline, executive director of Secondary Education. 
Beginning in the eighth grade, Union’s academic counselors work with families and begin signing students up for eligibility in the Oklahoma’s Promise program. Counseling teams continue to support students throughout high school monitoring student enrollment, student grade point averages, and cheering on each student. 

Recognized as one of the top college access scholarship programs in the nation, Oklahoma’s Promise was created in 1992 by the Legislature to help more Oklahoma families send their children to college. The scholarship pays tuition at any Oklahoma public college or university until the student receives a bachelor’s degree or for up to five years, whichever comes first. It will also cover a portion of tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private institution or public career technology center. The scholarship does not cover the cost of fees, books, or room and board.

To receive the scholarship upon high school graduation, students must achieve a minimum 2.50 GPA in 17 core courses that prepare them for college and an overall GPA of 2.50 or better for all courses in grades nine through 12. Oklahoma’s Promise graduates also must attend class regularly and refrain from drug and alcohol abuse and delinquent acts.  

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