Financial Need-Based Scholarship

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Most of the scholarships that Phi Theta Kappa administers are merit-based; however, we do administer one scholarship that is need-based:  Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship.

The purpose of this scholarship is to help Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of their first college credential, an associate degree or certificate, while enrolled in college.

Affected by a recent disaster? Lost your job in the last 6 months? Faced an unexpected extra cost? The Oberndorf Scholarship application is open year-round - apply anytime to be considered for an emergency scholarship now through December 31st. Up to fifteen (15), one-time $1,500 scholarships are awarded annually.

Eligibility – Students MUST:

  • Be currently enrolled in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours [or nine (9) quarter credit hours] of associate degree, college-level coursework at the time of application.
  • Be a Phi Theta Kappa member in good standing.
  • Hold a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0 at the time of application on all college-level coursework completed.
    • Include all transcripts.  GPA is evaluated at the time of application, and no courses can be marked as incomplete.
  • Be enrolled in an associate degree program the semester following the award.
  • Graduate within 18 months from the time of application.
  • NOT hold a previous associate or bachelor’s degree from any college.
  • Have encountered an unanticipated financial barrier, such as catastrophic loss, natural disaster, onset of a major illness or injury, change in dependent status, or loss of income resulting in a financial hardship within the past six (6) months.
  • Have completed a minimum of 45 college-level semester credit hours (or the quarterly equivalent).
    • College-level credit hours completed AND hours “currently in progress” are counted as completed in order to calculate the hours remaining toward completion.
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