Dorene Hope Shank Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Dorene Hope Shank was a teenage mother with two young children to support, and after obtaining her GED she enrolled at OCC and graduated magna cum laude. The Dorene Hope Shank Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established to recognize scholastic achievement, encourage continued progress, and provide financial assistance to students who are single parents.

To be eligible for this award, applicants:

  • MUST be a single parent.
  • MUST have completed between 12 and 90 credit hours of instruction at Oakland Community College. Transfer credit hours are counted toward the maximum eligibility.
  • MUST be currently enrolled at OCC for at least 3 credits
  • MUST have a declared program of study
  • MUST have demonstrated financial need
  • MUST be used for tuition and books
  • MUST write a thank-you letter to the donor.
  • MUST NOT be an OCC employee or family member receiving tuition reimbursement
  • MUST NOT be a College guest student, high school guest student or high school dual enrolled student

Preference given to full-time students.
Preference will be given to single mothers between the ages of 25-35 enrolled in a degree program.

Renewal criteria: This scholarship can be renewed if recipient still meets criteria. Renewal is subject to funding availability.