Counselor Network

Classen SAS NW Counselor Kathy Ralson escorts students to an annual OCCF luncheon celebrating receiving a scholarship.

Central Oklahoma High School Counselor Network

OCCF’s scholarship program would not be the success it is without the hard work and dedication of high school counselors throughout the state. Through the Central Oklahoma High School Counselor Network, we partner with counselors at 54 central Oklahoma high schools to provide training and resources to help as they support students in achieving their educational aspirations and securing scholarship funding for those studies.

COHSCN 2024 Scholarship Workshop

Counselors in the Network will have a day of meaningful interaction with friends and colleagues!

This event will help counselors support and motivate their students as they explore continuing education beyond high school.

In addition to hearing about Oklahoma City Community Foundation scholarship opportunities, you will have an opportunity to tour the Southern Nazarene University campus residential areas, hear from department faculty, and talk with students about academic opportunities at the university.

Continuing Education

Students rely on their counselors to reach their dreams. Thanks to OCCF’s – Central Oklahoma High School Counselor Network, counselors participate each year in training and gain access to tools to better guide their students through applications for post-secondary education. There are three training sessions held annually for counselors in the network:

  • Fall Workshop
  • Spring Workshop
  • Summer Institute

Networking Opportunity

In addition to continuing education, our trainings provide opportunities to network with fellow counselors and exchange ideas and best practices. Contact Rick Fernandez for more information about connecting with counselors in the network.

Scholarship Opportunities

All schools participating in the Central Oklahoma High School Counselor Network have access to:

  • Community Foundation Scholar – $3,000 for a graduating senior.
  • New Opportunities Scholarship – $3,000 for a first-generation high school graduate (must apply as a junior)

Small Grants

As a part of the Community Foundation’s Scholarship Initiative, OCCF’s Trustees select an annual focus area for additional grants available to Counselor Network participants.

Contact Rick Fernandez for information about the application process.

2023-24 Central Oklahoma High School Counselor Participants

ASTEC high school counselor Miranda Parham and student Gabriela Montelongo
ASTEC high school counselor Miranda Parham and student Gabriela Montelongo
  • ASTEC Charter Schools
  • Bethany High School
  • Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School
  • Capitol Hill High School
  • Carl Albert High School
  • Casady School
  • Choctaw High School
  • Christian Heritage Academy
  • Classen School of Advanced Studies at Northeast
  • Community Christian School
  • Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School
  • Crooked Oak High School
  • Crossings Christian School
  • Deer Creek High School
  • Del City High School
  • Douglass High School
  • Dove Science Academy-OKC
  • Edmond Memorial High School
  • Edmond North High School
  • Edmond Santa Fe High School
  • El Reno High School
  • Emerson North High School
  • Emerson South High School
  • Guthrie High School
  • Harding Charter Preparatory School
  • Harding Fine Arts Academy
  • Harrah High School
  • Heritage Hall
  • John Marshall High School
  • Jones High School
  • Luther High School
  • Midwest City High School
  • Millwood High School
  • Moore High School
  • Mount St. Mary Catholic High School
  • Mustang High School
  • Norman High School
  • Norman North High School
  • Northwest Classen High School
  • Oklahoma Christian Academy
  • Oklahoma Christian School
  • Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
  • Piedmont High School
  • Putnam City High School
  • Putnam City North High School
  • Putnam City West High School
  • Santa Fe South High School
  • Southeast High School
  • Southmoore High School
  • Star Spencer High School
  • U.S. Grant High School
  • Western Heights High School
  • Westmoore High School
  • Yukon High School

Counselor Network Resources

Colleges That Change Lives – Summer 2023 Counselor Network Presentation

College Admissions and Scholarship Policies –Summer 2023 Counselor Network Presentation

OKPromise 101 – Summer 2023 Counselor Network Presentation

Kelli Kelnar, Oklahoma College Assistance Program –Summer 2023 Counselor Network Presentation

Central Oklahoma Counselor Network Student Photo Guidelines

Counselors are asked to help provide photos of students receiving scholarships from OCCF. Here are some guidelines to help with the photo submission process:


All students applying for the Community Foundation Scholars and New Opportunities Scholars program must submit an appropriate yearbook style photo with their application. No student will be selected for the scholarship without an appropriate headshot picture. Photo must be approved by the OCCF communications department for publication.

Digital Files

• Photos must be at least 3” wide at 300 dpi
• Photos can be JPEG, TIFF or PNG files.
• Photos cannot be pasted into an email or Word document.
• Photos should be close-ups of the face and shoulders and be at least 2” wide.

Physical Photos

• Photos should be close-ups of the face and shoulders and be at least 2” wide.
• Photos cannot have creases, tears or staple holes.
• Photos cannot be printed on inkjet or cheap paper. If you have a digital file, it should be submitted via email.

We prefer yearbook or yearbook style picture be submitted.

Do not submit the following style pictures:

• Selfies
• Cut and paste pictures in an email or word document
• Pictures that are fuzzy or too small in size.
• No hats or hands touching the face

Questions? Contact Us!

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Rick Fernandez

Scholarship Programs Manager