Women of OU

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371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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Critical Difference Scholarship


The Women of OU Critical Difference Scholarship supports single parents who are looking to go back to college after their education was interrupted.

Scholarship Criteria

Women of Oakland University Critical Difference Scholarships are awarded to single, female or male undergraduates who meet the following criteria: 

  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at OU and have completed 16 credit hours at OU or transferred 16 credit hours from any post-secondary institution
  • Must have maintained an overall GPA of at least 2.5
  • Must be a single head-of-household (male or female) as defined by the IRS tax code
  • College education must have been interrupted at some point for at least one year

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The Jim and Irene Shields Non-traditional Student Scholarship supports non-traditional students who are interested in completing a college degree.

Scholarship Criteria

The Jim and Irene Shields Non-traditional Student Scholarship supports non-traditional students who meet the following criteria:

  • Non-traditional undergraduate students
  • Must have experienced an interruption in their education
  • Enrolled at Oakland University half-time or less

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The Jim and Irene Shields Non-traditional Student Scholarship is based on generous donations by Robert and Rainy Stephenson in memory of Rainy’s parents.  Rainy’s inspiration for the scholarship was derived from her mother, Irene, who was raised during the Depression and was forced to quit high school as a sophomore to help support her family.  At the age of 60, Irene enrolled in community adult education and received her high school diploma.  Irene’s efforts inspired Rainy to complete her degree at Oakland University.


The Critical Difference and Non-traditional Student Scholarships rely on donors throughout the Oakland community. Your support will help these people go back to school to finish their undergraduate degree with a gift to the Women of OU Critical Difference or Jim and Irene Shields Non-traditional Scholarships!