Scholarship Application

WGPO is pleased to offer a number of scholarship opportunities to its participants who could benefit from financial aid in the pursuit of higher education and/or their participation in the Marching Arts. In addition to completing the application process outlined in this section, students interested in the higher education scholarships (items A. and B., below) must be in their senior year of high school, or currently attending a college, university, or vocational institution to be considered. All scholarships are 1-time awards, and a new recipient (or recipients) will be selected each year. Recipients will be acknowledged at the closing of WGPO Circuit Championships.

General Scholarship Application Closed

Applicants must be an active member of a WGPO competing unit that is attending the WGPO Circuit Championships.

Requirements for a complete Scholarship application shall include:

    1. An essay response to the following: Please tell us how participating in a winter guard or percussion unit has helped contribute to your ongoing education.
    2. Two letters of recommendation from non-family members,
    3. A current photo, and
    4. A completed informational application

The scholarship application must be completed in FULL and submitted no later than March 8th (extended) of the current year. Any scholarship application either not completed in full, or not submitted by March 1st will be deemed ineligible for consideration.

The WGPO Vice President will review all applications and recommend the top five (5) nominees for final consideration. A committee will select the scholarship recipient(s) from the five (5) nominees. This committee will consist of the Executive Board minus the President, and three (3) adjudicators. In the case of a draw between two (2) nominees, the WGPO President will select the winner.

The recipient(s) must attend a college, university, or vocational institution the fall semester after the scholarship is awarded.

The Scholarship will be paid directly to the student’s account at their college, university, or vocational institution. Funds will be disbursed in the fall following either the student’s graduation from high school, or the completion of their spring semester at their college, university, or vocational institution.

Upon the scholarship announcement at WGPO Circuit Championships, the recipient(s) will be given a document acknowledging their award, which will include instructions (authored and/or approved by the Treasurer) on how to claim their scholarship funds through WGPO.

Higher Education Diversity Scholarship Application Closed

This scholarship is intended for a student who is of a race or ethnicity other than white.

Applicants must be an active member of a WGPO competing unit that is attending the WGPO Circuit Championships.

Requirements for a complete Scholarship application shall include:

    1. An essay response to the following: Please tell us how participating in a winter guard or percussion unit has helped contribute to your ongoing education.
    2. Two letters of recommendation from non-family members,
    3. A current photo, and
    4. A completed informational application

The scholarship application must be completed in FULL and submitted no later than March 8th (extended) of the current year. Any scholarship application either not completed in full, or not submitted by March 1st will be deemed ineligible for consideration.

The WGPO Vice President will review all applications and recommend the top five (5) nominees for final consideration. A committee will select the scholarship recipient(s) from the five (5) nominees. This committee will consist of the Executive Board minus the President, and three (3) adjudicators (as appointed from the circuit membership). In the case of a draw between two (2) nominees, the WGPO President will select the winner.

The recipient(s) must attend a college, university, or vocational institution the fall semester after the scholarship is awarded.

The amount of the scholarship will be $500 (or equal to the amount of the annual WGPO General Scholarship), and will be paid directly to the student’s account at their college, university, or vocational institution. Funds will be disbursed in the fall following either the student’s graduation from high school, or the completion of their spring semester at their college, university, or vocational institution.

Upon the scholarship announcement at WGPO Circuit Championships, the recipient(s) will be given a document acknowledging their award, which will include instructions (authored and/or approved by the Treasurer) on how to claim their scholarship funds through WGPO.

Marching Arts Scholarship Application Closed

This scholarship is intended to help pay corps member dues while the recipient participates in any of the Drum Corp International (DCI) member corps during the summer season following WGPO Circuit Championships.

Applications for this scholarship are intended to be in the form of nominations (letters of recommendation) submitted by the student’s current guard or percussion director.

The nominee must be currently attending a high school, college, university, or vocational institution within the state of Oklahoma.

The nominee must be an active member of a unit that is attending the WGPO Circuit Championships.

The WGPO Vice President will review all applications and recommend the top five (5) nominees to the scholarship committee for final consideration.

The amount of the scholarship will be $500. Prior to awarding the scholarship, the selected recipient must provide proof of corps membership for the upcoming summer season.

The scholarship funds will be disbursed to the member’s corps account prior to their departure for the summer tour with their corps.

Sport of the Arts Scholarship Application Closed

This scholarship is intended for a student who wishes to participate in a WGPO/WGI unit within the state of Oklahoma but may be unable to participate due to financial constraints.

Applications for this scholarship are intended to be in the form of nominations (letters of recommendation) submitted by the student’s current guard or percussion director.

Prior to making their nomination, the director must meet with the student’s parents or legal guardians, and determine the nominee meets the criteria for financial assistance.

The WGPO Vice President will review all applications and recommend the top five (5) nominees to the scholarship committee for final consideration.

The amount of the scholarship awarded will be $250.

This scholarship will be paid directly to the student’s guard or percussion account.

Scholarship applications will be accepted Jan 1- 31 and funds will by disbursed by Feb 28.

**The Scholarship Committee adjudicators will be three elected unit representatives. The unit representatives will be elected by the Circuit membership at the fall meeting, serve a one-year term, and must be a color guard or percussion unit director in good standing with the circuit.