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Tahlequah Graduates Receive $4.9 Million in Scholarships

Gates Millennium Scholars (L-R): Lindsey Chaffin, Joseph Tucker, Xavier Scrapper, Wrighter Weavel

Academic All-State Scholars (L-R): Adrianna Elliott, Tristan LaCombe, Cassie Goodnight

National Merit Scholarship Finalists (L-R): Amy Hembree, Cassie Goodnight

TAHLEQUAH, OK – On May 23, 2015, Tahlequah Public Schools saw 227 Tahlequah High School graduates cross the stage to receive their diploma. Many of these graduates have received scholarships to further education at a college or university. For the 2014-15 school year, over 107 individual scholarships were awarded, including four Gates Millennium Scholars, three Academic All-State Scholars, and two National Merit Scholarship finalists.

Tahlequah High School’s Gates Millennium Scholars include Lindsey Chaffin, Xavier Scrapper, Joseph Tucker, and Wrighter Weavel. THS Academic All-State Scholars are Adrianna Elliott, Cassie Goodnight, and Tristan LaCombe. National Merit Scholarship Finalists from Tahlequah High School are Cassie Goodnight and Amy Hembree.

The THS concurrent enrollment program is offered to seniors and participants received six hours of tuition waivers each semester at Northeastern State University. 67 Tahlequah High School seniors participated in the concurrent enrollment program, earning 804 college credit hours, with $111,555 in tuition waivers awarded. Similarly, the Indian Capital Technology Cooperative Alliance saw $9,671 awarded to participating seniors.

62 graduating seniors have signed up for the Oklahoma’s Promise program.  Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship – or OHLAP – provides all or part of tuition expenses for students who complete the program's requirements while in high school. The scholarship can be used at accredited public and private colleges and at certain public career technology centers.

Depending on what school graduates attend, tuition ranges from $63 to $207 per credit hour. At an average of 30 hours per year for five years, a student’s potential OHLAP scholarship ranges from $9,450 to $31,050. This is a possible $1,925,100 for Tahlequah High School students.

Between the OHLAP, ICTC, NSU, and individual scholarships, Tahlequah High School graduates could expect to receive a total of $4,901,112 towards their college education. From everyone at Tahlequah Public Schools, we congratulate our graduating seniors and wish you all the best in furthering your education.