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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
Phone 918-444-3711

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 with the option for students to earn college credit towards a degree. 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.

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: 5
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admissions
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18 - 26
Accepts out-of-state students: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental
Program length: 4 years
Cost of the program: Total program cost is $19,000 per year. This includes full tuition, housing, meal plan, program fees, etc.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students receive individual modifications as necessary for audited courses.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Each semester students will take 1 Program Course

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: RiverHawks Scholar Program Certificate
The credential(s) is/are: Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% and half the of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students can be involved in any on campus social activity they choose.

Last updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 18:22