Sophomore Challenge

The Sophomore Challenge Scholarship is unique to our school. Sophomores are introduced to college scholarship requirements through this award-winning program. Selected students receive a base amount of $1000 with an extra $1000 available if they graduate from OHS with a 3.0 or better grade point average. The scholarship was started in 1996 through the efforts of one of our trustees and former OHS graduate, Eugene Ryker. Since that time, over forty $2000 scholarships have been awarded to Okemah sophomores who met the challenge requirements.

The Okemah Public School Foundation will award scholarships to Okemah sophomores based upon financial need, scholarship, answers to essay questions and letters of recommendation. The recipients of the base scholarship of $1000 will be notified at the end of the sophomore year. The Foundation will then challenge the recipients to add $250 to the base scholarship each following semester by staying in school and maintaining a 3.0 or better grade point average. The maximum amount of this scholarship is $2000.

Scholarship money will be given to recipients based upon individual student needs after confirmation of enrollment at an accredited university, college or vocational/technical school. This scholarship will expire after the recipient’s fund has been depleted or upon failure to maintain enrollment for more than two consecutive semesters.

For advice on how to make your application the best it can be, see our Hints for a Successful Application.

Download an application:
Sophomore Challenge Scholarship Application 2016

Application Requirements:

  • Applicants must have sophomore standing at Okemah High School.
  • Applicants must agree to remain in and graduate from Okemah High School.


Previous Winners:

  • 1996  Kevin White, Alicia Watson
  • 1997  Mindy Hill, Greg Mackey
  • 1998  Katrina Knebel, Travis McMahan
  • 1999  Jennica Maronde, Maranda LeMay
  • 2000  Adam Mackey, T.J. Sexton
  • 2001  Crystal Magness, Sherri Greenwood, Major Jones
  • 2002  Dixie Sexton, Jodi Vanderslice
  • 2003  Cody Haddox, Kristi Knebel
  • 2004  Jordan Crow, Andrew Minnich
  • 2005  Jonathan Chestra, Clayton Hurst
  • 2006  Lauren Nicole Seran, Tyler Thomas
  • 2007  Lisa Friedman, Jessika K. Gunter, Vanessa Tillery, Luke Tucker
  • 2008  Corey Anderson, Michael Cox, Sarah Dyer, Amber Mill, Mark Miller, John Palmer, Samantha Schweigert, Sandra Smith, Megan Webb, Reanna Wilson
  • 2009  Ethan Allen, Devin Flanders, Kierten Franks, Gabriel Gunter, Christen Kelly, Kyle Moody, Kaylee Robertson, Sherry Williamson
  • 2010  Patrick Daggs, Jordan Fraser, Chalee Groves, Matthew Labbe’, Kyler J. Lee, Anthony Minor, Austin Tucker, Cherie Youngblood
  • 2011 Brionna Duke, Wesley Hunter Thompson, Kayla Kelley, Kaitlyn Kelley, Lacie Williams, Ross Taylor, Elizabeth “Libbie” Rutland, Lindsey Marquis
  • 2012 Andrew Franklin Banta, Joshua Aaron Maples, Kayla Schweigert, Rayna Harjo, Amie Massey, Bayley Rybski, Justin Goodart, Allison Green