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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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Program Contact Justin Chase
Program Contact Email riverhawksscholar@nsuok.edu
Phone Justin Chase
Website Program website
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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: February 17, 2022

General
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: 14
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Deadline to apply to this program: February 1st
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18 - 26
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Downs Syndrome, Williams Syndrome
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 35.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 85.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $23500.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $23500.00
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
Academic
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Our students take 1 Program Course each semester with only RiverHawks Scholar Program students.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Integrated Community Studies
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Graduation