Scholarship Application

Scholar Maintenance Requirements

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA with full enrollment status (12 Credit hours) each semester
  • Submit an official academic transcript to the Foundation each semester
  • Maintain scheduled contact with the Foundation and Adopt-A-Scholar sponsor(s), if applicable
  • Volunteer at least four hours of community service, annually
  • Avoid any negative conduct that would bring reproach upon the Foundation or the Scholar
  • Mandatory attendance at Foundation functions as requested

Selection Criteria

  • Documented financial need
  • Academic excellence demonstrated by a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Potential for the successful attainment of an undergraduate degree
  • Letter of acceptance from any accredited university of their choice for undergraduate study
  • Permanent residence within 30 miles of metropolitan Tulsa

Students may obtain a hard-copy of the application from their high school counselors or visit the Foundation's website to download the online version. All submitted applications are thoroughly reviewed with the semifinalists being identified for a personal interview with the Selection Committee who will determine that year's recipients. Students selected as Simon Estes Scholars may attend any accredited college or university of their choice on a full-time basis, without restriction to course of study. There is no requirement to major in music.

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Your Questions Answered

How can I apply for a SEEF Scholarship?

Scholarship applications become available in February of each year with a deadline date in early March. Applications can be obtained through high school counselors or on this website.

How can I renew my SEEF scholarship?

To renew an existing scholarship, Simon Estes Scholars must submit a formal letter of request by April 1st of each year for the upcoming Fall semester. Renewal is subject to adherence to the Scholar Maintenance Requirements set out in the Compliance Guidelines for Scholars.

What is the residence requirement?

The student’s permanent residence address must be within the following Oklahoma counties: Osage, Muskogee, Rogers, Tulsa, Okmulgee, Wagoner, Washington, or Pawnee.

Scholars’ Success Stories


Christian Bell

Dr. Christian Bell became the first SEEF Scholar to receive her Ph.D.

Christian was one of the most financially challenged students to come through our program. Then, soon after graduating Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, her mother passed away.

Despite these challenges, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development, and now a Doctorate in Education Policy and Planning! Christian spent two years giving back to disadvantaged communities through Teach for America. We are so very proud of her!


Kenny Quang

Kenny Quang graduated from Union High School with an incredibly impressive 5.19 weighted GPA and continued on to the University of Oklahoma to study Microbiology.

Kenny says, "I view education as an opportunity to wander the endless ocean of knowledge that is just waiting to be absorbed by young and motivated minds." Young and motivated he definitely is.

An instructor at Union High School commented, "Kenny represents that student every teacher adores; he is intellectual, diligent, talented, and charming. He takes advantage of every opportunity to improve himself and demonstrate his assiduousness".


Harold Wes Phillips

Harold "Wes" Phillips graduated from Memorial High School with an impressive GPA of 3.97. He double majored in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University and later graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College.

As a basketball player in high school, and a football player at Yale, he was a leader inside the classroom and out. The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. saw that quality in him when he graduated from Memorial, and is extraordinarily proud of him today. The Foundation says, "He exemplifies a leader. He leads by example. His enthusiasm for school and life in general is contagious."


Halee Scott

Halee Scott studied Engineering at The University of Tulsa.

As a member of the National Honor Society, Oklahoma Honor Society, Spirit Bank Roundtable, and an Oklahoma Scholar and Valedictorian, Halee was unstoppable.

She said, "...raised with the mentality of a winner, I will not stop until I have obtained my goal." Others agree, "Truly, Halee is a unique and indomitable young lady. She has proven that she can accomplish anything with hard work and resolve."


Steven Gary II

At Booker T. Washington High School, Steven Gary II was a star football player and excellent student. He especially enjoyed drafting classes and had a strong desire to attend college.

The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. saw an opportunity to invest in Steven's future, and he has since graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in Engineering.

His success has inspired others in his family. His mother says, "I am just so proud of him for accomplishing all that he has...If I had the strength to run a couple laps, I would."


Ramon Watkins

Ramon Watkins was a high school football star here in Tulsa. He dreamed of becoming a college football player and hoped that an athletic scholarship would put him through school.

That's when The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. stepped in and helped Ramon attend college. He graduated top of his class at Cornell University, and became a Managing Attorney at ONEOK Partners in Tulsa.

Ramon said one of the keys to his success was the support The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. gave him. "They didn't just give me a check....they checked in with me...they made sure I had emotional support - that makes a huge difference."


Milecia Mathews

Melicia Mathews graduated from Booker T. Washington High School with an impressive GPA and an even more impressive work ethic. She went on to Oklahoma State University to study Mechanical Engineering.

While finishing her degree at OSU, Melicia interned at Nordam in Tulsa, and pursued graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Dynamics and Control Systems.

When asked what difference The Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Inc. made in her life, Melicia comments, "I've had a mentorship with a donor and he's introduced me to people and given me opportunities that I might not have otherwise had."

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