About Us

Mission

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

Purpose and Practice

The McKnight Scholar Leadership Program begins with the selection of a diverse community of out-of-state students with a passion for service and extraordinary potential for influence. 

Typically, 50 students are chosen each year based on the following criteria:

  • Out of State Student

  • 27 ACT

  • 3.75 GPA

  • Proven Leadership Ability 

  •  Committment to Service

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.

History

The McKnight Scholar 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 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 Scholar Leadership Program.  To date, this program has served over 180 students and the sixth class has just recently joined us on campus.

 

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