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Scholarships

Upon admission to Ottawa University, you are automatically considered for institutional scholarships. You must be a full-time student to be eligible for the following scholarships and awards.

Contact your Enrollment Advisor or call 855-546-1342 for more information about any of these scholarships.

 

Academic Scholarships

Presidential Elite Scholars: Scholarship awarded to first year students who seek to be agents of change in their college careers and beyond.  The award is 100% of the cost of tuition each academic year for up to four years.  Applicants must have a 3.75 unweighted (4 point scale) GPA and a minimum 27 ACT or a minimum 1260 SAT.  In order to receive the full tuition scholarships, recipients must reside in university sponsored housing and must average 10 hours a week working in the tutoring center.  Varsity Sport eligible.  Awarded for Fall start only.

Surprise Elite Scholar: Scholarship reserved and awarded to first year students that are recent graduate of a Surprise High school.  The award is 100% of the cost of tuition each academic year for up to four years.  Applicants must have a 3.75 unweighted (4 point scale) GPA and a minimum 27 ACT or a minimum 1260 SAT.  In order to receive the full tuition scholarships, recipients must reside in university sponsored housing and must average 10 hours a week working in the tutoring center.  Varsity Sport eligible.  Awarded for Fall start only.

Academic Excellence Scholarship: Awarded to students, first year and transfers, with a minimum 3.5 unweighted (4 point scale) GPA and a 23 ACT or 1130 SAT (test score not required for transfer students with a minimum 24 college credits).  The award is $15,000 and has a requirement of averaging 10 hours a week working in the tutoring center.  NOT varsity sport eligible.

Academic Dean Scholarship: Awarded to students, first year and transfers, with a minimum 3.25 unweighted (4 point scale) GPA.  The award is $13,000 and has a requirement of averaging 10 hours a week working in the tutoring center.  NOT varsity sport eligible.

Academic Merit Scholarship: Awarded to students, first year and transfers, with a minimum 3.0 unweighted (4 point scale) GPA.  The award is $11,000.  NOT varsity sport eligible.

Activity Awards

Ottawa University’s activity awards are available to students who have demonstrated significant skill or potential in an extra-curricular or co-curricular activity.  A student may receive only one activity award, although they are encouraged to participate in other activities if they wish.  Amounts vary and continued participation in the activity is required to keep the award; award amount may also be reduced. Unless specifically designated, institutional aid can be used to cover any direct cost (e.g., tuition, fees, room, board, etc.).

Students seeking activity awards at Ottawa University Arizona should contact their Enrollment Advisor or Financial Advisor to learn more. Clubs include but are not limited to the:   E-Sports, Wrestling, Marching Band, Theatre, and Leadership.

 

OUAZ Esports offers students the opportunity to play competitively or recreationally while working towards their degree. This model allows students of all skill levels the ability to receive an Esports scholarship. Our gaming arena offers dual screen PC’s, a dedicated streaming station, and the tools needed to be successful in whatever game they play!

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PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Scope:
1. To help students learn about different leadership styles through discussion and activities.
2. Students get exposure to leadership by hearing from local, campus, and community leaders.
3. Students will build a portfolio of demonstrated leadership experience through their involvement in volunteer and paid work opportunities.

Student Responsibilities:
1. Participate in on and off campus activities, volunteer opportunities, Fall – new student check-in, sporting events, Spirit Life, Ambassador work, or other opportunities presented.
2. Attend all Leadership Program pre-scheduled meetings.
3. Dedicate a minimum of 12 hours per month, to include: Leadership Meeting time, Volunteer Activity time, or any other trackable Leadership opportunity participated in. It is the students responsibility to keep track of activity and document participation thoroughly.
4. Students are encouraged to continually seek mentorship from someone they look up to or admire.
5. Additionally, the Leadership students are encouraged to consistently try and help others, their peers, and community.

By the end of the program, students will be able to:
1. Clearly articulate the experience in the program and describe key takeaways learned.
2. Have a much better understanding of their own Leadership capabilities.
3. Be confident in applying for, and successfully gaining employment when the time comes.
4. Continually be inspired, seek mentoring, and help others on their journey.

 

Doug Doran is excited to be joining the OUAZ family as the Coordinator of Leadership Development.

He began his career and education with the goal of learning business. Doug has both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Business Administration, and has been leading teams as a Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management this past ten years at both private and public higher education institutions. After studying, developing, and honing his leadership skills for much of his career he is happy to bring his knowledge and experience to the Leadership students of OUAZ. When he is not working, Doug spends his time traveling, exploring the mountains, wilderness, camping, fishing, and playing guitar.

OUAZ Leadership on AZTV!

Why participate in OUAZ's newly formed Marching Band?

  • Play an active role in shaping the culture here at OUAZ! 
  • Take part in the Inaugural year of the band programs! 
  • Participate in EVERY Football GAME at OUAZ  
  • Represent OUAZ community events! 
  • Lead the way for future members of the band programs! 

 

About the Director:     Michaela Rademacher

Come join, Michaela Rademacher, our new Director of Bands!  OUAZ’s newest staff member, she goes by "Rad" and is looking forward to building a marching band here at OUAZ!                                                       

Originally from Whittier, California (L.A. County), she attended San Jose State University for two years and then transferred to BYU-I. In both of these Universities, she was heavily involved in the music education programs, ranging from brass quintet, symphony orchestra, jazz band, marching band to early childhood music education, and voice pedagogy.  

During her time at SJSU, she became a pledged member of Mu Phi Epsilon. During the school year, she was an active member of the SJSU marching band and pep band.  During the summers, she was a member of Santa Clara Vanguard (2004 and 2005), shaping her marching career. 

Mrs. Rademacher has been a teacher in the Dysart Unified School District for the last 10 years. She and the band at Willow Canyon HS have competed steadily throughout her time there as Director of Bands. She has hosted and competed in ABODA, AzMBA, WGAZ and WGI circuits. She has acted as Band Director for the WIllow Canyon High School Marching Band, Willow Canyon Wind Ensemble, Willow Canyon Jazz Band, DUSD Theatre Band Director, Convergence Indoor Percussion and Convergence Winterguard.

She is married to her amazing husband of 13 years and they have a dog named Ahsoka Tano. She is very much looking forward to the next part of her journey here at OUAZ!  

The OUAZ Theater Program allows students to hone their skills in the performing arts, both onstage and off, and prepares them for a professional career in the entertainment industry. Our inclusive program encourages personal self-growth and branding, understanding the ins and outs of the industry, introduction to a multitude of departments (costuming, directing, producing, public relations, distribution, etc.) across the breadth of the entertainment industry, and mastery of performance. By partnering with local theaters, and mentorship with industry professionals, our musical theater program creates the future of Hollywood, Broadway, and beyond.

Led by 2019 Conference Coach of the Year, Ed Cruz, the OUAZ wrestling teams are looking for wrestlers who are serious about continuing their wrestling careers. Student-athletes must be prepared for the demands of academics, practice, and competition. Both the men’s and the women’s teams are members of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association and compete at events alongside NAIA and NCAA athletes as well. Home matches are held in Faith Arena; this state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped with the latest in sound, video, and wireless technology. The OUAZ wrestling teams typically travel to matches and tournaments in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Utah.

Spirit Awards

 

Surprise Spirit Award                   Student Scholarship of $21,400 at Current Pricing

For students who are accepted to OUAZ and a 2023 graduate from the following high schools:  Dysart High School, Shadow Ridge High School, Willow Canyon High School, Valley Vista High School, Imagine Prep High School, Paradise Honors High School, Highland Prep High School, and ALA West Foothills High School.  After scholarship is applied, net cost to student is $15,000 per year, includes tuition, AZ 100 meal plan (100 swipes per semester and $75 Spirit Bucks) and fees.  No charge increases each year if student maintains continuous, full-time enrollment, and 2.5 GPA.  Students that fall below a 2.5 will be charged $1000 to every tenth of a GPA point.  Students choose to live on campus will be adjusted for all access meal plan and board.  Varsity sports and activity program students are not eligible for this scholarship.

West Valley Spirit Award               Student Scholarship of $19,400 at Current Pricing

For students who are accepted to OUAZ and a 2023 graduate from a West Valley High - All high schools in the following cities: Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Tolleson, and Youngtown.  After scholarship is applied, net cost to student is $17,000 per year, includes tuition, AZ 100 meal plan (100 swipes per semester and $75 Spirit Bucks) and fees.  No charge increases each year if student maintains continuous, full-time enrollment, and 2.5 GPA.  Students that fall below a 2.5 will be charged $1000 to every tenth of a GPA point.  Students choose to live on campus will be adjusted for all access meal plan and board.  Varsity sports and activity program students are not eligible for this scholarship.

 

University-Wide Scholarships

 

Ottawa Indian Award - Full Tuition and requried fees.Room and board if on campus

This scholarship is awarded to documented members of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma.  Double occupancy room and board charges are covered if the student resides on-campus.  Reduced meal plan charge is covered if student resides off-campus.  Students residing in university-owned off-campus housing should see the Tribal Agreement for full details.  Incoming tribal students must complete and submit the BIA Higher Education Scholarship application.

Tuition Waiver Award - Full tuition

Full tuition to faculty/staff and their dependents.  These students are not eligible for SEOG & KCG unless all other eligible students have been awarded.  See Employee Policy Handbook for eligibility details.

Tuition Exchange - Reciprocal agreement schools

Full tuition award for students whose parent (s) are employed by a university with a reciprocal agreement with Ottawa University.  OU reserves the right to limit the number of these awards.  These students are not eligible for SEOG & KCG unless all other eligible students have been awarded.

Outside Scholarships

These resources can help you apply for scholarships.

These links are provided as resources for you and will take you to outside websites. Ottawa University is not affiliated with any of the websites listed and is not responsible for content accuracy.

NOTE:  AZ ETV Program and AZ Tuition Waiver for COVID

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