Oklahoma's Promise honors 2015 champion schools
Oklahoma high schools with the most graduates who successfully completed the Oklahoma’s Promise program were honored as 2015 state champions Thursday by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
The state program pays college tuition for students from families with an annual income of $50,000 or less who meet academic requirements. Approximately 6,100 students in the class of 2015 met the program requirements to be eligible for the scholarship.
Bryce Fair, vice chancellor for state grants and scholarships, reported a 16 percent drop in number of participants in 2015. There aren't fewer high school graduates, but fewer are eligible because no adjustment to the income limit has been made since 2000, Fair said.
The $50,000 limit set in 2000 equates to $69,000 today, he said.
High schools named Oklahoma’s Promise 2015 State Champions and their number of program graduates are:
Class 6A — Union (Tulsa) with 156 Oklahoma’s Promise graduates, champion for the fourth consecutive year. Runner-up: Broken Arrow with 113.
Class 5A — Southeast (Oklahoma City) with 70, third consecutive year. Runner-up: Northwest Classen (Oklahoma City) with 56.
Class 4A — Santa Fe South (Oklahoma City) with 72, seventh consecutive year. Broken Bow with 46.
Class 3A — Okmulgee with 24. Runner-up: Oklahoma Centennial (Oklahoma City) with 23.
Class 2A — Dove Science Academy (Oklahoma City) with 26, fourth consecutive year. Runner-up: Northeast Academy (Oklahoma City) with 19.
Class A — Hydro-Eakly with 13. Runners-up: Allen, Binger-Oney, Mason and Rattan with nine each.
Class B — Indiahoma with nine. Runners-up: Asher and Leedey with eight each. Fair noted that 100 percent of the Leedey students who signed up completed the program.
For more information about Oklahoma’s Promise or to apply online, go to www.okpromise.org. Information also is available by emailing email@example.com or by calling (800) 858-1840.