Positively OC – Presidential Scholarship



in 2022, Odessa College launched the Positively OC Presidential Scholarship. Ten (10) Positively OC Scholars received a 2-year scholarship for tuition and fees as part of their commitment to being trailblazers for future scholars, as they established benchmarks for campus and community engagement. These scholars play an important role in leveraging social media to share positive messages and content with college stakeholders, and commit to a more positive Permian Basin by being active volunteers in their community. Their presence online helps to promote a culture of positivity from a student’s lens while promoting the college, our programs, and our services. Their involvement in #PositivelyOC impacts student success and campus culture.


Odessa College President, Dr. Gregory D Williams, is on a mission to spread positivity and has taken to social media to do so. On January 11, 2021, Dr. Williams made a commitment to tweet something to help uplift others every day. This commitment led to a challenge of reaching 1,000 Twitter followers, to grow his reach and influence others to join him in sharing positivity online. Since doing so, others have joined Dr. Williams in his movement to be #PositivelyOC online. As of Spring 2023 commencement, Dr. Williams has reached over 3,000 Twitter followers, unlocking 20 TOTAL scholarship spots in the Positively OC Scholarship program! 
The Positively OC Presidential Scholarship covers 2 semesters of tuition and fees at Odessa College, for those awarded. Positively OC Scholars serve as student leaders of the college, through their presence online, around campus, and in the classroom. Positively OC Scholarship recipients are afforded unique opportunities during their time at OC, including access to leadership workshops, public speaking opportunities, a community within the program, mentorship opportunities with OC staff, and more.  
Scholarship Requirements
  • Submit a Positively OC Presidential Scholarship Application 
  • Must maintain a GPA minimum of 2.5  
  • Must be in good academic standing with no current suspension or probation 
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student at Odessa College 
  • Must maintain upstanding behavior as a representative of Positively OC, President Williams, and Odessa College
  • Must attend required programming of the scholarship, including: 
    • Regular Scholarship Meetings 
    • Activity on social media platforms
    • Involvement in outreach and community service events  
    • Must follow Dr. Williams on Twitter (@OCPresGDW) 

Selection Process

  • Students will have their application evaluated by the Positively OC Presidential Scholarship Committee, which is to be made up of a cross-section of Odessa College faculty and staff.  The Committee will meet monthly to discuss upcoming plans for the scholarship recipients.
  • Students will be selected based on the criteria above as well as their ideas and potential to spread positivity throughout the community.
  • We will maintain a total of 10 students will receiving $1,500 scholarship each long semester for a total of 4 semesters. 
The 6 Tenants of Positively OC 
  • Community 
  • Positivity 
  • Scholarship 
  • Excellence 
  • Empowerment 
  • Integrity 


Application: Click Here

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