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What are Outside Scholarships and Grants?

Outside scholarships and grants are awards given by people, organizations, and companies to individual students to assist them with their college education. Scholarship and grant qualifications are set by the provider and can be quite specific, such as students from a particular high school, students with a certain college major, female students, students from Hispanic families, students who are freshmen, etc.

 Some scholarships and grants are available for continuing students, and to assist with specific educational activities such as undergraduate research. 

Are you currently an SNU Student? Go to Outside Scholarships for Current Students to see scholarships available for currently-enrolled students (requires SNU Google log-in).

Top 7 states for SNU Students

View a list of external scholarship opportunities for our top seven states.


How can these help me?  


Outside scholarships go towards covering your total cost of attendance at SNU.  Seeking and receiving an outside scholarship award can help to reduce your college costs at SNU. 


While many awards are directed for first-time freshmen, others are focused on continuing students (sophomore, junior, senior students).  


If you are planning to do undergraduate research or study abroad, you can apply for awards that may assist you with the associated costs. If you are planning to apply to graduate or professional school, there are awards specifically designated for this purpose.  


First-time student awards are typically given to students in their first college semester. The time to apply for such awards is typically during the senior year of high school. 


Several types of awards categories are available, including state, gender, college major, ethnicity. Explore this site for details on each. 


This site does not provide an exhaustive list. Contact an Admissions Counselor (405) 491-6324 or a Financial Assistance Counselor (405) 491-6310 to discuss your scholarship needs and eligibility.



Typical External Scholarship Deadlines Calendar
Scholarship deadline calendar
Crofford Receives Gilman International Scholarship

Brad Crofford, SNU alumn and former recipient of the Gilman Scholarship for study abroad, remarks on the scholarship’s lasting impact:

Brad Crofford Scholarship recipient

“My summer in Benin confirmed my love of Africa and interest in a career in public service.  I am now pursuing a master's degree in international studies at the University of Oklahoma to pursue this path. By financially enabling me to spend a summer interning at a US embassy, the Gilman Scholarship played a key role in affirming this calling."

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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