OKWU to Offer One-Year Tuition, iPad in Social Scholarship Challenge

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Submissions, voting to take place via social media community

We believe we are among the first to introduce a social scholarship challenge.

The person whose big idea receives the most online votes will earn a 2010-11 scholarship to Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU). Today the Bartlesville-based university, with satellite campuses in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, announced its first social scholarship challenge. The contest encourages powerful Christian ideas and recognizes the importance of social media.

OKWU is asking entrants to share their thoughts on why an OKWU degree can help them share their Christian faith and life with others and make a difference. By uploading a link to a video, graphic art, or visual art from social media sites such as YouTube and Flickr or by posting a blog of 1,000 words or less, any person who has an interest in attending OKWU in Bartlesville or its satellite campuses can enter OKWU’s social scholarship challenge.

OKWU judges will select the top 10 entries and post them on the contest site for the social media community to vote. Voting will take place via posts to Facebook and Twitter. The entry getting the most votes will be awarded a scholarship to OKWU for the 2010-11 academic year, with second and third place entries receiving a new Apple iPad and $200 iTunes card, respectively.

"We believe we are among the first to introduce a social scholarship challenge," Dr. Robert Myers, vice president for academic affairs at OKWU, said. "In February 2007, OKWU stepped into the world of eBay and became the first university to auction a year’s tuition. Now we are meeting our current and prospective students where they are by giving them an amazing opportunity to participate in this social media contest."

"Today’s students are very creative and students who want to attend OKWU have big dreams to make a big impact so this contest promises to be highly competitive," Myers continued.

Entries may be submitted Wednesday, Feb.17, until Wednesday, March 3. Online voting will take place Friday, March 5, until Friday, March 12, with the winner of the 2010-11 OKWU scholarship announced on Monday, March 15.

To enter, find out more, or see contest rules, go to http://www.okwu.edu/ideas-matter.

About Oklahoma Wesleyan University (http://www.okwu.edu)
Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is an evangelical Christian liberal arts university located in Bartlesville, Okla. OKWU has almost 1,000 students on its main campus and approximately 500 students on its satellite campuses in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and online. Affiliated with The Wesleyan Church, OKWU is a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the primacy of Jesus Christ, the priority of Scripture, the pursuit of Truth, and the practice of Wisdom. To encourage continued advanced technology in the classroom and across the campus, OKWU in Bartlesville is close to being an all Apple campus and incoming each freshman is provided with an Apple iTouch.

OKWU is fully accredited by the North Central Association and receives professional accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). OKWU is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities as well as the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Association of Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities.

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Additional Information, Contact:
Allison Starke, 918.582.9151
OKWU, 918.335.6225
Twitter: twitter.com/okwuniv
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/okwuniv

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