Dr. Bob Mooneyham Memorial Scholarship for Future Teachers

Application Opens November 15

The Oklahoma State School Board Foundation will present the Dr. Bob Mooneyham Memorial Scholarship again this spring to a deserving Oklahoma high school senior. The application deadline for the one-year $5,000 scholarship has been extended to Jan. 20. (See list of updated criteria application questions/requirements below.)

About Dr. Mooneyham

Mooneyham, for whom the scholarship is named, began his career as a teacher, coach and guidance counselor, before becoming a school superintendent and college professor. He served as executive director of OSSBA for 25 years – from 1975 to 2000. From the capitol to the classroom, he was a respected and caring professional who made a difference in the lives of students across the state. 

Mooneyham, who passed away in 2012, is honored annually during the OSSBA Bob Mooneyham Memorial Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the past and future tournaments will be used to fund the scholarship in his name. We appreciate the many OSSBA members and partners who support the golf tournament each year.

To qualify, the candidate:

Must be a high school student who will earn a diploma from an Oklahoma public high school during the 2022-23 school year.

Have plans to declare education as a major upon enrollment

Have a minimum 3.0 unweighted high school GPA

Must have plans to pursue a degree at an accredited Oklahoma college, university or career technology center beginning in the fall of 2023.

Have plans to become an Oklahoma public school educator upon completion of degree

Have a minimum 20 ACT or 1040 SAT score

Children or grandchildren of current OSSBA employees, officers, or board of director members, as well as international students, high school graduates and temporary residents, are ineligible to receive the scholarship.

Preference may be given to those who demonstrate financial need AND meet all other criteria.

The successful student will be notified of his or her selection in mid-March. With permission from the district, a representative of the OSSBA Foundation will present the student with the scholarship during the school’s spring award or class day assembly. (The check will be presented in the joint name of the recipient and the post-secondary educational institution to assist with tuition and/or room and board.)

Applicants: Please watch for emails from amberf@ossba.org. Semifinalists will be contacted no later than February 1, 2023 to submit a three-minute video (maximum) for the selection committee to consider as part of their application. Candidates will be given at least one full week to submit the video.

The application must be completed and submitted online; however, here is a list of the information applicants will need:


For more information, please contact Amber Graham Fitzgerald, OSSBA Director of Member Engagement