Scholarships have varying requirements, do not have to be repaid and can come from a variety of sources.  We’ve listed a few but there are thousands out there so apply for as many as possible to improve your chances. See Financial Aid Links for scholarship search engine and search the web for MORE!

Student Financial Aid Scholarships

Odessa College annually awards more than $500,000 in academic scholarships to recognize scholastic merit.  This is a partial list of the scholarships awarded through OC Student Financial Aid. Unless otherwise specified, students may apply for any of these scholarships with Awardspring. Students must reapply each spring for the next school year.

Click HERE to Apply

(After clicking the link above: You MUST use the "Retrieve Password" button on the login page and enter your OC email address to retrieve your username and password. If you use the Retrieve Password button and your information is not found, you may sign up for an account. This will ONLY work with YOUR OC Email. Ex:

Ethel Russell Scholarship 
(Meet the criteria? Apply now!  We are 
always looking for Russell applicants.)

$1,000 per semester
Permian Basin resident
Receiving no other financial aid
Enrolled full time
Maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA
OC Academic Scholarship $900 per semester
Enrolled full time
Maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA
Slaton-Basset Scholarship $700 per semester, up to 4 semesters
Nursing major
Enrolled full time
Maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
CJ (Red) Davidson Scholarship $500 per semester, up to 4 semesters
Enrolled full time
West Texas resident
Maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA
Alvin H Parker Scholarship $500 per semester
Enrolled full time
Maintaining 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Ellen & Bill Noel Scholarship for Retiree's Children

Covers tuition, fees, books
Children of confirmed Huntsman/Flint Hills retirees
Maintaining a 2.0 GPA
Maintaining 50% course completion

Joanne Pickering-Douglass Scholarship Covers tuition, fees and required book costs
Financial need on a FAFSA
Single parent
Enrolled at least half time
Maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Forfeited Property Deposit Scholarship $300 per semester
Financial need on a FAFSA
Enrolled at least half time
Maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Odessa Board of Realtors Scholarship $300 per semester
Enrolled at least half time
Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA. 

Hext Family Scholarship

Tuition, fees, books up to $900 per semester
Career and Technical Education, Nursing, Allied Health major 
Financial need on a FAFSA
Enrolled at least half time
Maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA
Pass drug test

Other Campus Scholarships

The OC Foundation Office offers scholarships targeted at students who qualify for a limited amount of other financial assistance.  For a list of scholarships, visit the OC Foundation Scholarships page

*Scholarship eligibility depends on GPA, Financial Need, and Major. Please note that visiting students do not qualify for scholarships. You must have a major selected with Odessa College.

Departmental scholarships are offered through the art, social studies, music, nursing, photography, diesel and OSHA departments.  Interested students should contact the department chair for information and application requirements.  Athletic scholarships are awarded each year in baseball, basketball, golf, softball, athletic training, cheerleading, cross country, dance team and rodeo.  Athletes should contact the coach for details.  We are required to make available to students information regarding our athletic participants, coaching staff and athletic budget.  To see the report, go to the Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Cutting Tool, enter Odessa College under “Name of Institution” and click “Search at the bottom of the page. 

*Also available is the Positively OC Presidential Scholarship. 

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.  

  • Click HERE for more information.
  • Click HERE to access the application.

Non-Institutional Scholarships

These scholarships come from off-campus individuals and organizations. Student Financial Aid does not select or award these scholarships and only provides application information for the organization.  These scholarships are offered yearly, so if the due date has passed, keep a lookout in the early spring for the new applications.

Students in Philanthropy 
(Interested? Few students apply. 
Turn in your application by the deadline!)
High school graduate or currently enrolled at OC
Incoming high school graduates – 3.1 GPA
Current OC students -- maintaining a 2.75 overall GPA
Minimum course load of 9 credit hrs per semester
Meet Thursdays 12:30 to 1:30 throughout the school year
Participate in at least one fundraising activity
Permian Basin Area FoundationInformation and Applications Local foundation offering a variety of scholarships for students from the Permian Basin.

Mexican American Scholarship Committee

Must be full-time
Maintain a 2.0 GPA
High School Transcript and/or College Transcript