All-State Nomination 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. 

“I would like to thank everyone involved in the Oklahoma Foundation of Excellence for such an amazing opportunity. Perhaps the most valuable gift you have given me was not a scholarship or the great honor of joining the Academic All-State Alumni, but a memory I shall treasure and a wonderful jumping off point into the rest of my life. I would wear heels for you all any day!”