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Program Criteria

YOung Scholars of Bartlesville Requirements


Student must have attended Bartlesville Public Schools a minimum of two years before applying. In addition, student must meet 96% attendance rate. 

Academic Information

Parent(s) will provide a signed FERPA to allow student mentors and staff to use student's school IDs to be able to check student grades and attendance. Student will be be expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better while in the program. Once in college, students will be required to provide the program periodic grade reports and up to date FERPA. 

Oklahoma's Promise

Student/parent agrees to apply for Oklahoma's Promise upon entering the 8th grade if eligible (or through 11th grade if applying later). A copy of the Oklahoma's Promise approval will be provided to the Executive Director. Oklahoma's Promise provides for additional funds to pay for tuition while attending a university. The application for Oklahoma's Promise can be accessed here. 

Class Attendance

7th or 8th grade students are required to participate in a subprogram (Steps 4 Success) that teaches handling life choices and guides a student through the basic values of the program.  In 9th or 10th grades, students are required to attend the W.E. Pro$per program offered by the Westside Community Center. It teaches the students how to prepare for and conduct themselves in a job and provides summer employment for students age 14-16. In 11th & 12th grade students are required to attend Finance For Your Future, held at Truity Credit Union which teaches students financial literacy.

Mentor for the Student and Parent(s)

The Young Scholars of Bartlesville program administers the academic portion of the mentoring program while the social component is managed by Big Brothers Big Sisters-Bartlesville. The program has worked closely with BBBSOK since the partnership began in 2006. A mentor will be assigned to the student upon acceptance into the program. The student will meet with the mentor in accordance with BBBSOK guidelines.


Student and parent(s) will attend quarterly trainings to familiarize them with the college preparation process, explore careers, have fun, and support the continueing education process. This may include discussing various academic-related topics, and to determine if there are additional ways the committee could be assisting the student to obtaining their dream of becoming a college graduate. In addition, students are expected to attend the grade appropriate classes listed above in the Class Attendance section. 

Geographical Requirements

To remain in this program, the student must maintain enrollment in the Bartlesville Public School system.


Student and parent(s) are required to practice the "pass it on" attitude by volunteering at volunteer activities. There are four volunteer activities per year. 

Employment Criteria

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must be employed a mimimum of 20 hours a week for at least one parent or show proof of disability.

Revocation and Forfeiture of Program Benefits

Revocation decisions will be at the recommendation of the Executive Director with input provided by an objective committee. 

Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Receipt

Students successfully completing the Young Scholars of Bartlesville program and who are accepted into one of the university partners (Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma State University, and Rogers State University) receive the Young Scholars of Bartlesville (Previously known as Lowe Family Young Scholars Program) Scholarship.. We have exciting news as we are new home of the College High Wildcats Scholarship, Denny Zoot Memorial Scholarship, and the Sears Family Scholarship in addition to the Young Scholars of Bartlesville Scholarship. More scholarships at more locations are now available to Young Scholars than ever before.

Grade Information

Once students are attending college, they will be required to provide semester grade information to the program staff within a month of receiving them. This will ensure that the student is maintaining the minimum scholastic requirements to graduate.

Dropping Out

If a student drops out of a University, they will be disqualified from future scholarship funds.

Not Making Required GPA

Once attending a program university, if sufficient progress is not made to meet the program university's requirements for graduation, scholarship funds will no longer be available to the student.

Violation of College Policy

If the program university severs the student-university relationship because of policy or regulation violations, the scholarship funds will also no longer be available to this student.