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Alumni Engagement

John Dodge House
507 Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309-4488
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(248) 364-6130
ouaa@oakland.edu

Alumni Engagement

John Dodge House
507 Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309-4488
(location map)
(248) 364-6130
ouaa@oakland.edu

OUAA Scholarships

The Oakland University Alumni Association (OUAA) Scholarship Program offers renewable Legacy Awards for incoming freshmen and renewable Legacy Transfer Awards for transfer students. Legacy Awards are $12,000 over four years ($3,000 per year) and Legacy Transfer Awards are $6,000 over two years ($3,000 per year). The OUAA also awards up to two non- renewable Returning Alumni Awards at $3,000 each.

Please view the information on the tabs below for eligibility criteria, applications, and deadlines. Note that these awards are not automatic. Students must apply and be selected by an alumni committee to receive the award.

To date, the OUAA has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to qualified OU students. The money for these scholarships is provided through generous donations and revenue earned from OUAA events and programs.

Legacy Scholarship application
Legacy Transfer Scholarship application
Returning Alumni Scholarship application

Who Can Apply

Each award offered through the OUAA has unique eligibility criteria. Legacy students, defined as individuals whose parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle received a degree or academic certificate from OU, may be eligible to apply for the OUAA's Legacy Award or Legacy Transfer Award.

Alumni returning to OU to complete a graduate degree may be eligible for the Returning Alumni Award.

Please see the specific eligibility criteria for each award, as well as deadlines for application materials, by clicking the Scholarships tab above.

Previous OUAA scholarship recipients are ineligible to apply again. OUAA scholarships are merit-based, not need-based, and are intended to cover "cost of attendance." These awards are not automatic. Recipients are selected by an alumni committee. Students must be admitted to OU at the time of selection.

For further details, click on the How to Apply tab.

How to Apply for OUAA Scholarships

To apply, please:

  1. Complete the appropriate application form located above.
  2. Include the appropriate supplemental materials, as noted on the specific application form.
  3. Submit completed application and required supplemental materials by the deadline noted on the application. Supplemental materials not submitted with the application can be emailed to ouaa@oakland.edu or mailed to” Oakland University Alumni Association, John Dodge House Room 202, 507 Golf View Lane, Rochester, MI 48309.

If you have any questions about the scholarship application process, please contact Amanda Fylan, assistant director of alumni engagement, at (248) 364-6128 or fylan@oakland.edu.

Scholarships

View a full list of the available OU Grants & Scholarships.

Renewal Criteria

Note: Renewal criteria applies only to Legacy and Legacy Transfer Awards. It does not apply to the Returning Alumni Award as that is a one-time, nonrenewable award. Scholarship funds can only be used for full-time enrollment in Oakland University classes.

Renewal Criteria for Legacy Award
After the first year at OU, the university will renew scholarships annually, up to a maximum of six successive fall and winter semesters, for recipients who meet the following criteria:

  • Earn at least 28 Oakland University credits during the fall and winter semesters of their first year (AP, IB, CLEP and transfer credits may not be counted toward the 28 credits).
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Enroll full-time at the university during both the fall and winter semesters for which they receive the scholarship.
  • Complete full-time credits each prior fall and winter semester.
  • Meet the requirements of the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP).
  • Fulfill additional renewal criteria as outlined in the award offer letter if selected,
    including:
    • Attend the Scholarship Recognition Dinner in the spring
    • Volunteer for one alumni event, such as the Alumni Awards Banquet, 50th Reunion, or OUAA Golf Challenge
    • Compose a thank you letter to an OU scholarship donor

Renewal Criteria for Legacy Transfer Award
After the first year at OU, the university will renew scholarships annually, up to a maximum of two additional and successive fall and winter semesters, for students who meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative university GPA of 3.0.
  • Continue to enroll full-time at the university during consecutive fall and winter semesters for which they receive the scholarship.
  • Complete full-time credits each prior fall and winter semester.
  • Meet the requirements of the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP).
  • Fulfill additional renewal criteria as outlined in the award offer letter if selected,
    including:
    • Attend the Scholarship Recognition Dinner in the spring
    • Volunteer for one alumni event, such as the Alumni Awards Banquet, 50th Reunion, or OUAA Golf Challenge
    • Compose a thank you letter to an OU scholarship donor
Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions for Legacy Award
  • Awards are offered through the Oakland University Alumni Association's Scholarship Program.
  • Scholarship eligibility is based on legacy status (individuals whose parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle received a degree or academic certificate from OU). Eligibility is also based on the applicant's grade point average and ACT composite score at the time of application to the university.
  • Students must apply for the award; recipients are selected by an alumni committee and notified by the Office of Alumni Engagement.
  • Awards are available to entering freshmen, defined as students who are in college for the first time and enroll full time at OU in the first fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
  • Students may use scholarships for the fall and winter semesters in the single academic year designated by the university, not to exceed eight semesters total. Continuous full-time enrollment in OU undergraduate credits as an undergraduate student is required each fall and winter semester.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to be enrolled as full-time students at the university. Advance Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, the College Level Exam Program (CLEP) transfer credit and/or course competency examinations do not count toward the full-time credits.
  • OU offers and renews scholarships at its sole and absolute discretion; offers and renewals are contingent upon the availability of funds and continuation of the scholarship program.
  • Half of the annual award is available each semester.
Terms and Conditions for Legacy Transfer Award
  • Awards are offered through the Oakland University Alumni Association's Scholarship Program.
  • Scholarship eligibility is based legacy status (individuals whose parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle received a degree or academic certificate from OU). Eligibility is also based on the applicant's grade point average and 24 minimum earned credits by the fall semester following the award application deadline.
  • Students must apply for the award; recipients are selected by an alumni committee and notified by the Office of Alumni Engagement. Scholarships apply only to the fall and winter semesters in the single academic year designated by the university, and are available only to new transfer students who enroll full time in OU undergraduate credits as an undergraduate student in their first semester of admission.
  • Continuous full-time enrollment in OU credits is required each fall and winter semester.
  • Advance Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, the College Level Exam Program (CLEP) transfer credit and/or course competency examinations do not count toward the full-time credits.
  • OU offers and renews scholarships at its sole and absolute discretion; offers and renewals are contingent upon the availability of funds and continuation of the scholarship program.
  • Half of the annual award is available each semester.
Terms and Conditions for the Returning Alumni Award
  • Awards are offered through the Oakland University Alumni Association's Scholarship Program.
  • Scholarship eligibility is limited to individuals who have already received a degree or academic certificate from OU and are admitted into a graduate degree program.
  • Students must apply for the award; recipients are selected by an alumni committee and notified by the Office of Alumni Engagement.
  • Students may use scholarships for the fall and winter semesters in the single academic year designated by the university, not to exceed two semesters total. Continuous full-time enrollment in OU graduate credits as a graduate student is required each fall and winter semester.
  • Scholarship recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • OU offers scholarships at its sole and absolute discretion; offers are contingent up the availability of funds and continuation of the scholarship program.
  • Half of the annual award is available each semester.
FAQ
Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
Select two individuals to provide letters of recommendation. Current high school seniors applying for a Legacy Award are highly encouraged to provide at least one letter from a high school teacher. Current OU students are highly encouraged to provide at least one letter from an OU faculty member. Transfer students may use a faculty member from the previous institution.
What information should be included in my letter of recommendation?
An individual who is asked to provide a letter of recommendation for a scholarship applicant is strongly encouraged to highlight why the student is the best candidate for the award. Letters should not simply recite merit. What makes this student unique? In addition to strong academic performance, what other qualities can you highlight to push this student's application to the top?
The application states to submit two letters of recommendation. If I send more than two, will that be viewed more favorably by the selection committee?
Only two letters of recommendation will be considered for each applicant. Choose the supporting documentation that best represents you to the selection committee.
I am an international student. Can I still apply for an OUAA scholarship?
Yes, as long as you meet all other criteria.
When will the applications be available?
Applications are available at the start of the fall semester each year. Visit our scholarship webpage for more information.
Are the OUAA scholarships renewable?
The Legacy and Legacy Transfer Awards are renewable, provided the recipients meets the stated renewal criteria (see the Renewal Criteria tab.) The Returning Alumni Awards are non-renewable.
How do I know if I am a Legacy student?
A legacy student is defined as an individual whose parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle received a degree or academic certificate from OU.
Can my scholarship be used towards the spring/summer semester?
No, all OUAA scholarships are distributed over the fall and winter semesters.
I only have one semester remaining in my OU degree program. Can I still be considered for the award?
Yes, however, should you be selected, your award would only be distributed in the amount for one semester. In other words, you would receive half of the award. Note: this applies only to current OU students, not to Legacy or Legacy Transfer applicants.
When will I know if I am selected to receive a scholarship?
Recipients and alternates of the Legacy, Legacy Transfer, and Returning Alumni Awards will be notified by letter approximately six weeks after the application deadline.
I received an OUAA scholarship in the past. Can I re-apply for the coming academic year?
Previous OUAA scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply for another OUAA scholarship.
Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
Yes, you may apply for any scholarships for which you qualify; however, you will not receive more than one scholarship from the OUAA.
What criteria does the selection committee most use in deciding on a worthy candidate?
All criteria are used in the selection process. No one piece of information has greater value over another.
When can I expect to receive the funds if I am selected to receive a scholarship?
Scholarships are distributed directly into your student account at the start of the fall and winter semesters of the award academic year as long as all criteria are met. OUAA scholarships may be applied toward "cost of attendance" at OU.
What if I am dual enrolled at OU and at one of the participating Michigan community colleges. Am I eligible to receive an OUAA scholarship?
Yes, you can apply for any of the OUAA scholarships for which you qualify, but you will have to attend OU for the fall and winter semesters when the award will be distributed.
Are the OUAA scholarships automatic?
No, none of our scholarships are distributed automatically. You must apply and be selected as a recipient by an alumni committee who reviews all application packets. The number of recipients may vary year to year, but generally, there are five Legacy Award recipients, two Legacy Transfer Award recipients and two Returning Alumni Award recipients selected each year.
If I missed the deadline for the Legacy or Legacy Transfer Awards, can I apply next year?
Once you become a current student at OU, you are no longer eligible to apply for the Legacy or Legacy Transfer Awards. If you delay enrollment to OU, you may be eligible to apply the following year. Please contact the office of alumni engagement with further questions at (248)
364-6130.
Where can I find out about additional scholarships offered through the university?
Undergraduate students, please visit oakland.edu/futurestudents/scholarships-cost-aid/. Graduate
students, please visit oakland.edu/grad/financial-assistance/. International students, please visit
oakland.edu/isso.
Study Abroad

The Oakland University Alumni Association offers study abroad awards, up to $2,000 each, that
enable OU students to study and travel in foreign countries. View more information on International Education, including scholarships like the one offered through the OUAA.

View the photo gallery of students who benefited from OUAA scholarships during their travels
to Beijing and Oxford.