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McKnight Scholars 
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The McKnight Scholars Leadership Program identifies, equips and empowers young scholars to become life-giving leaders.


The McKnight Scholar Leadership Program begins with the selection of a diverse community of out-of-state, rural students with a passion for service and extraordinary potential for influence. 
It is the expectation that McKnight Scholars become more aware of their passions and aptitudes, gain skills to foster collaboration in following those passions, understand how communities grow and improve, make an impact on their home community, and prepare for influence beyond graduation.  The program seeks to compliment the scholars’ entire Oklahoma State University experience bringing a rich context and focus to their academic journey.


The McKnight Scholar Leadership Program began in 2011 through a $10 million gift from Ross and Billie McKnight. The endowment includes a waiver of out-of-state tuition for four years as well as a $5,000 scholarship for the scholars' freshman and sophomore years.  The McKnight family believes strongly in the ability of OSU to prepare students to be change agents in their respective professions, and as such, chose to invest in students through the McKnight Scholar Leadership Program.  To date, this program has served over 180 students and the eighth class joined us on campus in the fall semester of 2018.