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RiverHawks Scholar Program

RiverHawks Scholar Program
Northeastern State University
RiverHawks Scholar Program
600 N. Grand Avenue
Bagley Hall 239
Tahlequah, OK 74464
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Northeastern State University’s RiverHawks Scholar Program is the first comprehensive, inclusive program in Oklahoma for young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The program is the first program to be funded by LeadLearnLive, a non-profit organization with the mission to bring post-secondary programs to Oklahoma for these students. The program is a four-year certificate program. This flagship program for Oklahoma provides the individualized supports in the areas of independent living, social skills, academics and career development. Students will take three courses each semester - two traditional university courses in areas of interest with neurotypical peers and one program course. Students also participate in on campus and off campus job placed internships each semester.

Program information submitted: March 1, 2021

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 17
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Deadline to apply to this program: May 1st for the following academic year
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18 - 26
  • The student is not under guardianship
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 50.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $23500.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $23500.00
Program fees: $0.00
Cost of the program:
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will pay up to $6000 per school year or $3000 per semester for qualifying students.
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access: Students will take/audit two catalog courses each semester with neurotypical peers. Students will also take one program class every semester with other RiverHawks Scholar Program students.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes: Our students take one program class each semester that is taught by our staff and is only for our students.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion - RiverHawks Scholar Program
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
We offer the following specialized credentials: Students participate in paid internship work experiences each semester
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Our students are able to join and participate in any on campus extra curricular organizations, including the Greek system.