Top Scholars Competition

Students are invited to compete for the awarding of OU's Presidential (full-tuition) and Provost (three-quarter-tuition) Scholarships.

To be considered to compete in this elite competition, students must have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 (out of 4.0) and a minimum ACT composite score of 25. In addition, a student must be accepted to Ottawa University's The College campus in Ottawa, Kansas. The competition begins with the submisison of a portfolio which shall include:

  • official high school transcript that details graded coursework through the end of your junior year (fall competition) or end of 2016 (spring competition), including in-progress coursework for your senior year;
  • single-page outline of extra-curricular activities that includes years and level(s) of involvement;
  • list of honors, awards and recognitions received;
  • one (1) letter of recommendation from a school official, teacher, activity director, etc. that addresses your excellence in academics, intellectual and creative work, involvement in your high school community, and civic involvement; and
  • maximum of three (3) different graded samples of creative work that efficiently displays intellectual range and depth (i.e. a recorded fine arts performance, graded artistic expression, graded writing sample, graded exam, etc.)

Based upon evaluation of the portfolios, selected students will advance to the final round of competition which will be conducted on the campus.

Upcoming Competition Dates:

Saturday December 2, 2017
Saturday March 3, 2018

Franklin County High Achiever

Designed specifically for seniors in any Franklin County, Kansas, High School, the Franklin County High Achiever Scholarship is annually awarded to select students who will be attending Ottawa University. The scholarship award is renewable for up to three additional years.

To be considered for the Ottawa High Achiever Scholarship, you must be completing your senior year at a Franklin County (Kansas) High School, have a minimum GPA of 3.25, and a cumulative ACT score of 21 or higher (or SAT equivalent).

Areas of consideration for the awarding of the Franklin County High Achiever Scholarship include academics, extra-curricular activities, school involvement, and community involvement. The competition consists of a portfolio submission and on-campus interview. The recipient will be recognized at the high school's Senior Recognition/Award Ceremony.

The competion begins with the submission of a portfolio which shall include:

  • official high school transcript that details graded coursework through the end of your junior year, including in-progress coursework for your senior year;
  • single-page outline of extra-curricular activities that includes years and level(s) of involvement, list of honors, awards and recognitions received;
  • one (1) letter of recommendation from a school official, teacher, activity director, etc. that addresses your excellence in academics, intellectual and creative work, involvement in your high school community, and civic involvement; and
  • maximum of three (3) different graded samples of creative work that efficiently displays intellectual range and depth (i.e. a recorded fine arts performance, graded artistic expression, graded writing sample, graded exam, etc.)

Portfolios are due by Friday, November 3, 2017.

For more details on the competition, contact your Ottawa University Enrollment Advisor directly:

  • Central Heights High School - David Tyner
  • Ottawa High School -Andy Stiles
  • Wellsville High School - Lizzi Willett
    • Email: elizabeth.willett@ottawa.edu
    • Cell:414-840-8219
    • Office: 785-248-2374
  • West Franklin High School - David Tyner