Oklahoma State University is the first four-year institution to offer a GPA scholarship program amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kyle Wray, Oklahoma State University's vice president of enrollment, said the school is now offering a scholarship to in-state and out-of-state students based solely on their high school academic performance.
"Because of COVID, a lot of students across the country can't take the SATs or the ACTs. A lot of standardized tests have been affected big time," Wray said.
High school students with a 3.25 GPA or above could earn scholarship money starting at $750 for in-state students and $6,000 for out-of-state students.
OSU recently revised their admission's process to make the ACT and SAT test scores optional.
"We are still encouraging people to take their SATs or ACTs if they can," Wray said.
However, if students are not able to take the exams or if they are financially strained due to COVID-19, Wray wants students and families to know they have options.
"The key message I think is, 'hey, there's some waiver dollars waiting on you if you are a good student' and to go ahead and apply for admission," Wray said.
OSU's new GPA scholarship is for students applying the fall 2021 semester. Wray said the university may keep it depending on how long the COVID-19 pandemic lasts.