RiverHawks Scholar Program FAQs


How many students will be accepted in the 2021 - 2022 academic year?

The RiverHawks Scholar Program will accept eight students in the 2021 - 2022 year.

How will students be selected?

Students will submit an application form (pdf). Complete application forms will be reviewed by the RiverHawks Scholar Application Committee. See (link) for complete guidelines per the application information.

Students are encouraged to re-apply for the next academic year if not accepted for the 2018-2019 year. Dates for next application period will be available soon.

What type of housing will be available?

For the 2021 - 2022 academic year, RiverHawks Scholar Program students will be located in Cobb Hall, our newest housing choice.

What class choices will be available to RiverHawks Scholar Program students?

Freshman Year First Semester

  • Two course catalog courses, beneficial for all NSU freshman: University Strategies and Personal Health
  • One RiverHawks Scholar Program class: Transition to College

Freshman Year Second Semester

  • Two classes from course catalog or select from continuing education classes
  • One RiverHawks Scholar Program class: This session will focus on enhancing independent living and academic success such as writing fundamentals, personal finance, etc. Specific class TBD based on first cohort.

Time limited job sampling to be introduced.

Remaining Three Years/Each Semester

  • Two course catalog or mix of course catalog and continuing education classes
  • One RiverHawks Scholar Program class

Time limited job sampling and internship opportunities will be included in each semester.

Students in the RiverHawks Scholar Program will participate in developing their own path plan based on Person Centered Planning. By the end of their sophomore year, students will be required to select an Area of Focus. This Area of Focus is similar to a major. Courses and internships after this point will be related to students chosen Area of Focus.

Who will be peer mentors?

Social and physical fitness peer mentors will be Northeastern State University students that will share similar interests and help enhance the social skills of the students in the RiverHawks Scholar Program. Peer mentors will not be paid.

What is the credential RiverHawks Scholar Program students will earn upon completion?

The RiverHawks Scholar Program is a non-degree Certificate Program. However, students can choose to take For Credit classes. If students desire to enroll in For Credit classes, they must meet standard admission criteria per NSU admission guidelines. For Credit coursework will not be modified, and students will be expected to meet the same standards as other students taking the class.

What is the cost of the program?

Cost for the program for the 2021 - 2022 academic year is:

$23,500; Includes Academic Tuition, Fees and Housing with meal plan
These costs are from the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year and are subject to change. Projected costs do not include books or individual housing supplies (towels, sheets, clothing, computers, etc.

How is the yearly cost of the program to be paid?

The cost of the RiverHawks Scholar Program is to be paid either in advance for the year or on a per semester basis. If the full year is paid in advance, a discount will be applied for a total of $18,810 due before the start of the Fall semester. The program cost may also be paid on a per semester basis of $9,500 prior to the start of each semester.

Is Financial aid available?

RiverHawks Scholar program has applied for Comprehensive Transition Program or CTP designation through the U.S. Department of Education. We are currently awaiting approval, but expect to be approved by December 2020. Once approved for CTP designation, students will be able to fill out the FAFSA and apply for federal financial aid.

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will pay upto $6,000 per school year, or $3,000 per semester for qualifying students in the RiverHawks Scholar Program. To qualify for assistance through DRS the student must have an assigned Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. 

Is there a specific person to direct the application to, if a signature upon delivery is preferred?

Applicants that are interested in designating they receive a signature upon receipt at NSU need to add: ATTN: Applications Committee c/o Pam Riggs.

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