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OCU and SPST offer Fast Forward to ministry

The coming academic year marks the official rollout of the OCU/SPST Fast Forward degree path.
Also known as “3+3,” this collaborative partnership between Oklahoma City University’s Wimberly School of Religion and the Saint Paul School of Theology benefits students of both United Methodist-affiliated educational entities.
Fast Forward allows OCU students who are majoring in Religion to also enroll in the new Pre-Seminary specialization. In their fourth undergraduate year, the students transition to seminary studies with Saint Paul theological school.
Thus students who enroll in the Fast Forward degree path can graduate with both a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and a Master of Divinity in as little as six years. That potentially saves a student thousands of dollars in tuition and fees.
Incoming freshmen and transfer students who are interested can contact Sharon Betsworth, director of the School of Religion, at 405-208-5284. Additional information can be found on the school’s website, www.okcu.edu/religion.

2018 Bishop Scholar Award

Applications and nominations are now being accepted for the 2018-19 OCU Bishop Scholar Award. 
The full-tuition scholarship is awarded to incoming college freshmen who plan to study in the Wimberly School of Religion at OCU and pursue a vocation in United Methodist ministry. The scholarship is not reserved solely for students who feel called to pulpit ministry, but also has been awarded to students called to youth or children’s ministry, social justice ministry, ecumenical and interfaith ministry, and missions.
The scholarship covers four years of undergraduate study at OCU.
Pastors may nominate high school seniors. Students also may apply directly for the award. The entire process is now online. Find the forms at: www.okcu.edu/bishopscholar. 
Feb. 1 is deadline to submit all materials.
To be selected, a student must apply for admission to OCU, submit the requested paperwork, and undergo an interview process in mid-February with faculty of the School of Religion.
Two to three such awards are given yearly, and every student who interviews receives a scholarship valued at 60 to 80 percent of tuition.


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