All-State Nomination Criteria

All-State Nomination Criteria

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence recognizes 100 outstanding public high-school seniors through their selection, by an independent committee, as Academic All-State scholars. Honorees will each receive a $1,000 scholarship and will be recognized at the Academic Awards Celebration, to be held at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa on May 22, 2021.

Basic Criteria:

  • Participants must be Oklahoma public high school seniors, and eligibility must be verified by their principals or superintendents.

  • To be nominated for Academic All-State, students must meet one of the following criteria: an American College Test (ACT) composite score of at least 30; a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) combined evidence-based reading & writing and math score of at least 1370; or be selected as a semi-finalist for a National Merit, National Achievement (African American) or National Hispanic Scholarship. 
  • Once nominated, recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership experience, extracurricular activities and community involvement, as well as an essay submitted by each nominee. 
  • The selection committee, chaired by retired Tulsa attorney Teresa B. Adwan, works independently of all other foundation activities. The committee members are a diverse group of business, education and civic leaders, as well as Academic All-State alumni and former Medal for Excellence-winning educators. 

“The way teachers were honored for their work in student’s lives really resonated with me, and I was left with gratitude. These are a group of special people who chose their work not for the salary, but to pour into the next generation’s lives. After the Academic Awards Celebration, I was humbled and went home and wrote thank-you notes to my teachers. Thank you, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence!”