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The Nominee is responsible for ensuring that all information, including that requested from third parties (e.g. student transcripts, directed recommendations and verification by principal or superintendent), is submitted via the online portal by 5pm on Friday, December 1. Incomplete nominations will not be forwarded to the Selection Committee and will not be considered.

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence recognizes outstanding public high-school seniors through the selection—by an independent committee—of 100 Academic All-State scholars. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship and will be honored at the Academic Awards Banquet on May 19, 2018.

Basic Criteria:

An Academic All-State scholar is a student who has demonstrated academic excellence and who has excelled within his or her own particular learning environment.

Currently enrolled Oklahoma public high school seniors who meet any one of the five criteria listed below are eligible for this award.

1) composite ACT score of at least 30*

2) combined SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math score of at least 1340*

3) National Merit Scholarship Program semi-finalist

4) National Achievement Scholarship Program semi-finalist

5) National Hispanic Scholar Awards Program semi-finalist

*Please note that test scores must be from a single test date on a national or district-contracted testing day

In addition to the minimum criteria, students will be evaluated on the basis of their leadership abilities, motivation, academic achievement and character as maximized within each student’s learning environment.

General Directions:

By submitting this nomination, nominees commit themselves to attend the Academic Awards Banquet where the award will be conferred. The 2018 Banquet will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman. If selected and a conflict arises, the nominee must notify the Foundation for Excellence as soon as possible.

ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY 5PM ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017. Only information submitted by this deadline will be considered. (i.e., No information regarding improved test scores will be accepted.) The Selection Committee reserves the right to verify information and to discuss nominee qualifications with school officials.

Before You Begin:

The following information will be necessary to complete the online nomination process:

·         Nominee’s name, mailing address and qualifications, including GPA, class rank and standardized test scores

·         A current official high school transcript of all completed courses

·         Verification by school principal or district superintendent that nominee meets the Basic Criteria for nomination as stated above

·         A list of courses in progress

·         A list of academic honors in high school

·         A list of extracurricular and community activities, clubs, honors and sports, including any leadership positions and highlighting any national recognitions

·         An essay of no more than 500 words, written by the nominee, on the following topic:

21st-century technology gives us unparalleled access to information and also affords us the ability to choose which sources we trust and rely upon to make decisions. However, troubling questions arise concerning how reliable, complete, and factual our information actually is. With examples from your own experience as a public school student, what are the dangers and the advantages of the explosion in information access? How do you get your information, and how does your choice of sources affect your participation in your school, your community, and the world at large?

·         A total of two directed recommendations

One recommendation must be written by a teacher who has instructed the nominee within the past twelve months. The other may be written by any other person who is not a family member. This person must know the nominee well enough to complete the recommendation with specificity. This includes, but is not limited to, a past or present teacher.

The directed recommendation format has been designed to elicit specific information regarding the nominee. Recommendations are limited to 500 words and must include the following:

1.       Your name, address, position and the role in which you know the nominee.

2.       Give an example of an accomplishment that demonstrates leadership and/or character by the nominee.

3.       How has this nominee taken advantage of the academic opportunities within his or her environment?

4.       Give an example of the nominee's motivation toward excellence in life.