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The McKnight Scholars Leadership Program identifies, equips and empowers young scholars to become life-giving leaders.

OSU develops leaders

and we’ve got the perfect scholarship to support them
The McKnight Scholars Leadership Program: 
  • Provides a full out-of-state tuition waiver for four years. 
  • Provides $5,000 for each of the student’s first two years at OSU. 
  • Offers students an opportunity to develop essential leadership skills through exclusive coursework and seminars.
Eligible students will be chosen according to leadership and extracurricular activities. Students must be from out-of-state with preference given to students from rural Texas transfer students are also eligible.

About us

Purpose and practice
The McKnight Scholars Leadership Program begins with the selection of a diverse community of out-of-state, rural students with a passion for service and extraordinary potential for influence. 
It is the expectation that McKnight Scholars become more aware of their passions and aptitudes, gain skills to foster collaboration in following those passions, understand how communities grow and improve, make an impact on their home community, and prepare for influence beyond graduation. The program seeks to compliment the scholars’ entire Oklahoma State University experience bringing a rich context and focus to their academic journey.
The McKnight Scholars Leadership Program began in 2011 through a $10 million gift from Ross and Billie McKnight. The endowment includes a waiver of out-of-state tuition for four years as well as a $5,000 scholarship for the scholars' freshman and sophomore years.  The McKnight family believes strongly in the ability of OSU to prepare students to be change agents in their respective professions, and as such, chose to invest in students through the McKnight Scholars Leadership Program. 

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