OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is seeking nominations for its 2021 Academic All-State Awards.

Scholarships totaling $100,000 will be presented at the foundation's 35th annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 15 at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa. In addition, the foundation will recognize five innovative public school educators who were selected in 2020 as Medal for Excellence winners but were unable to be honored last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The banquet is broadcast statewide on public television.

Academic All-State Award nominations are being accepted at ofe.org.

The award honors 100 public high school seniors with a $1,000 merit-based scholarship. To qualify, students must meet at least one of the following requirements: a composite ACT score of at least 30; a combined SAT evidence-based reading and writing and math score of at least 1,370; or be selected as a semi-finalist for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship.

Eligibility must be verified by the district superintendent or high school principal. Academic All-State nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

The foundation will not do a selection process for Medal for Excellence Awards for educators this year so that it may honor the 2020 medal winners, whose recognition was postponed.

Academic All-State Award recipients are chosen by an independent selection committee, chaired by retired Tulsa attorney Teresa B. Adwan, and comprised of business, education and civic leaders, as well as former Academic All-Staters and Medal for Excellence winners. Since 1987, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has awarded more than $5 million in academic awards and scholarships.

For more information, visit ofe.org or call 236-0006.

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