Finney Scholarship

The Finney Scholarship is named after Dr. Frank Finney, the first dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He first came to UCO (then Central State College) in 1959 as an Assistant Professor of English, and was selected Chairman of the English Department in 1965 until his appointment as dean of the newly formed College of Liberal Arts in 1971. In this role, Dr. Finney took on the task of building a college. This involved hiring new faculty, creating new programs, expanding the curriculum, recruiting more students, and bringing people together to support a central goal. His belief that the foundation of all learning is in the Liberal Arts led the way in establishing a College that now has 8 departments (including our new School of Criminal Justice) and serves all students who pursue their degree at UCO.

The Finney Scholarship Fund honors Dr. Finney's hard work and dedication to UCO and its students. The fund provides annual support to Liberal Arts students, helping them achieve their educational dreams, and become productive members of our communities. The University of Central Oklahoma has long held a commitment to students-a commitment to teach, and a commitment to help students learn to lead and to succeed. We invite you to join us in strengthening this commitment.

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Institute of Hope Scholarship

The UCO Institute of Hope was created by three UCO Department of Sociology/Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse Studies alumnae to fight prejudice, poverty and abuse through educational programming and flexible student financial aid. UCO students may apply for regular or emergency aid for textbooks, tuition and fees, and other related expenses not funded by traditional student support.

The deadline for applications each semester is one week prior to the start of the semester. Under mitigating circumstances, applications may be accepted after the deadline. Amounts of awards may vary based on demonstrated need and the number of awards at any given time is subject to the availability of funds.

  • A specific major is not required to apply for these funds, but preference may be given to Liberal Arts majors.
  • You must provide a brief statement explaining your financial need, any special circumstances, and additional information or comments.
  • You need to demonstrate that all or part of your financial need can not be covered through regular financial aid.
  • While a specific GPA is not required to obtain funding, the scholarship committee would like to see evidence of a student's commitment to getting an education through their GPA or ability to show progress from past semesters to the present.
  • You must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours in the semester for which you apply for funds.

Download the scholarship application (.pdf)