OU announces $2,500 scholarship for Michigan frontline workers

By: Mary Beth Almond | Metro | Published February 10, 2021

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University is offering financial assistance to those working the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The university recently introduced the $2,500 Frontline Workers scholarship, providing Michigan community college transfer students with $1,250 per year over two years — or $625 per semester — if they transfer to Oakland University between summer 2021 and fall 2024 to work toward a bachelor’s degree.

To be eligible, students must provide proof of approval for participation in the state’s $24 million Futures for Frontliners program — which gives Michigan residents who worked frontline jobs during the peak of the pandemic, from April to June 2020, access to free community college or high school completion.

Students wishing to take advantage of OU’s scholarship program must also have completed an associate degree or have earned a minimum of 62 credits at the time of enrollment at OU; they must attend and successfully complete a minimum of 12 full-time OU credit hours per semester; and they must enroll at OU by the fall 2024 semester.

Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz said the university decided to extend funding support and appreciation for the “extraordinary efforts of frontline workers.”

“Those people who work selflessly providing essential services are an inspiration, and in many cases, profiles in courage,” she said in a statement. “Their vital assistance in the fields of health care and public safety, among other essential industries, have been integral to sustaining our economy and communities.”

Oakland University Vice President of Enrollment Management Dawn Aubry said the creation of the award — which serves as an extension of the statewide Futures for Frontliners initiative — serves the Oakland University mission of supporting postsecondary degree attainment impacting Michigan and the world through education, research, scholarship and creative activity.

“Creating this award allows us to support frontline workers in completing their bachelor’s degree and achieving their dreams. We’re very proud to be working with the state of Michigan in increasing the overall college attainment rate and look forward to our continued collaboration,” she said.

For more information about the scholarship, visit www.oakland.edu/futurestudents/scholarships- cost-aid/frontliners.