Available Scholarships 

At Communities Foundation of Oklahoma we are proud to work with hundreds of donors to assist students in their pursuit of higher education. The following directory provides information about our current scholarships.

CFO is pleased to work with over 100 different scholarship funds created by donors across Oklahoma.  If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please review the directory below to determine which opportunities you qualify for; keep in mind that you might be eligible for multiple scholarship programs.  Make a note of each scholarship name and then return here to enter the online application system by clicking the blue button below.  

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Bill Talley Scholarship

Colonel William “Bill” H. Talley (ret.) has led a life that few can even imagine. His life in the Air Force took him far from his small hometown is western Oklahoma but he never forgot the spirit and generosity of the people of Sayre. For Colonel Talley, his scholarship helps him take his life full circle back to his hometown.

After leaving Sayre in 1955 to attend college at Oklahoma A&M College, Colonel Talley joined the United States Air Force. After being awarded his pilot wings in 1956, he became a F-105G pilot, a dream of young men everywhere.

Flying with the 17th Wild Weasel Squadron of the 388th Tactical Fighter Squadron during the Vietnam War, Colonel Talley’s plane was shot down and he was forced to eject over Vietnam near Hanoi. After evading North Vietnamese search parties for approximately 24 hours, he was taken prisoner and forced to march barefoot for three days. He was then taken to the Hoa Lo Prison (referred to as the Hanoi Hilton by the prisoners) where he stayed and endured daily torture for 322 days. He passed the time and gathered strength by thinking of his wife Louan and their children Mike and Susan. His acts of heroism to continue the mission though his life was in danger awarded him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Citation. “It wasn’t a good time” he said of his imprisonment. “I wasn’t at all happy. But when I look back on it, oftentimes I think of how thanks I am for what I got.”

Colonel Talley received a hero’s welcome when he arrived home in Sayre. He was forever thankful for the kindness of the citizens of his hometown. As a way to say repay the people who embraced him, Colonel Talley created the Bill Talley Scholarship Endowment for Sayre High School students.

Bill Talley may have a life that few could imagine, but it’s easy to imagine that his generosity will help create opportunities for generations of students in his hometown.
Eligibility Requirements:
• Must be a senior and/or graduate of Sayre High School
• Must have maintained a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA for at least 3 years
• Must identify an intended major and the college/university to which the student has been accepted
• Must submit two letters of recommendation from unrelated educators and or community leaders
• Must provide documentation of school involvement and demonstration of leadership


The Bill Talley Scholarship provides an annual scholarship to graduating seniors of Sayre High School

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