The George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship was established by the 1999 Oklahoma Legislature to provide scholarship opportunities to outstanding students who are preparing for careers in public service. A component of the scholarship program is participation in seminars on public service offered by the Nigh Institute. Each college and university may nominate one scholarship recipient per year. Presidents of Oklahoma colleges and universities will be invited to submit a nominee for consideration of award prior to the beginning of the spring semester.
To be eligible for the George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarship, applicants must: be residents of the state of Oklahoma as determined by the State Regents; be enrolled full time in an undergraduate program at a public or private college or university in the state of Oklahoma; and demonstrate exceptional academic achievement as evidenced by a number of factors which may include grade point average, class rank, national awards, scholastic achievement, honors, teachers' recommendations and the applicant's involvement in extracurricular activities.