RiverHawks Scholar Program

The RiverHawks Scholar Program at Northeastern State University is a four-year, fully inclusive certificate program for students with mild/mild moderate intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

The RiverHawks Scholar Program focuses on helping students gain knowledge and enhance their capabilities in the following areas:

Sponsor

The RiverHawks Scholar program is the first program in Oklahoma funded by Lead Learn Live.

Lead Learn Live

Independent Living

Students will live in on-campus housing integrated with other students.

A trained Resident Assistant for students in the RiverHawks Scholar Program will be in close proximity.

Students will receive direct instruction as needed, to learn the things that most students learn on their own to help them with independent living skills.

Students will be housed in Cobb Hall. Learn more about Cobb Hall.

Social Skills

Social skills are involved in every aspect of the program just as they are part of every aspect of the college experience for any student!

Students will participate in campus activities of their choice along with required membership in an active club/organization of their choice.

Students will also be engaged in a physical fitness routine with a peer mentor. Trained peer mentors will be assigned to each student in the areas of socialization and physical fitness. These mentors help the student to improve social interactions and stay engaged in physical fitness.

Academics

Students will take two traditional university classes in areas of interest, with appropriate supports, in addition to one specialized session each semester. Traditional university classes can be taken to earn college credit or without earning college credit.  Students taking traditional classes without earning credit will be exposed to full course content and have classwork required.  However, students will be responsible for curriculum modified by RiverHawks Scholar Program staff, based on the students abilities.  In addition, trained tutors for the RiverHawks Scholar students will be available for academic assistance.

Students taking courses for college credit are exposed to the full course curriculum and must complete all course requirements at a satisfactory level to earn college credit.  While the curriculum cannot be modified, students may receive accommodations such as note-takers, extended time testing or other ADA accommodations. Disabilities Services is available on campus to provide supports to all students taking courses for college credit.

Specialized sessions are designed to help RiverHawks Scholar Program students reach their full potential. These sessions are not for credit and will include topics focused on successful independence.  Sessions may include Introduction to NSU, writing comprehension, personal finance, interpersonal communication and career path planning.

Students that desire to take courses for credit must adhere to standard admissions guidelines. For Credit courses will not have modifications to curriculum.

Career Development

Students will be placed in time limited job sampling and paid and unpaid internships, throughout their four years, charting a path to meaningful employment in a career of choice!

The RiverHawks Scholar Program has been developed to provide supports to help students learn what other students learn on their own. Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is the basis for charting each students path.

Students in the RiverHawks Scholar Program are expected to show satisfactory progress in all aspects of the Program.

The RiverHawks Scholar Program is the first of its kind in Oklahoma. The RiverHawks Scholar program plans to apply for the federal designation of a Comprehensive Transition Program or CTP soon, however, until the program gains that designation, federal funding assistance is not available.

2018-2019 Academic Year Projected Costs:

  • Academic Tuition, Fees and Housing (including meal plan): $17,000.00 USD
  • Program Fee: $2,000.00 USD

Costs are from the 2017-2018 Academic Year and are subject to change.

Projected costs do not include books or individual housing supplies (towels, sheets, clothes, computers, etc.)

Who Should Apply?

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old by August 1, 2018 and have completed high school
  • Have been served by special education services (or have been eligible) under the IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Have a mild to mild moderate intellectual and/or developmental disability or a disability that interferes significantly with daily living skills; academic performance, and social development
  • Have no history of disruptive or challenging behaviors (Personnel needed to manage behavioral issues is not part of the RiverHawks Scholar Program)
  • Be able to manage his/her own special diet requirements and/or medical needs (such as medication). The RiverHawks Scholar program staff will not be involved in medication management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accept responsibility for his/her actions
  • Have the ability to read and complete math at a functional level
  • Demonstrate the desire to attend the RiverHawks Scholar program
  • Agree to participate in all aspects of the RiverHawks Scholar Program

How Do I Apply?

Application deadline has been extended to May 18, 2018.

  • Download the Application Packet Information (pdf)
  • Follow instructions in the packet carefully
  • Only complete packets will be reviewed by the Applications Committee
  • The RiverHawks Scholar Program accepts and reviews applications until all spots for the incoming cohort have been filled
  • Students will receive notification by mail for an interview, if selected
  • Students will receive notification by mail if they have been selected for the RiverHawks Scholar Program
  • Students will be notified by mail if they have been selected for an interview. If selected, the applicant must participate in the interview process with and without reinforcement from family/support persons.
  • Students must be able to attend an orientation prior to the Fall semester. Dates TBD.

RiverHawksScholar@nsuok.edu

For more information call 918-444-4610.

Payment

Payments can be made for the RiverHawks Scholar via credit card online, or check or money order that is delivered to the Continuing Education office, 512 N. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah, OK. 74464.

The payment for the first half of the school year is due by July 20, 2018. Upon acceptance into the program, payment information will be provided.