Lindsey Nicole Henry (LNH) Scholarship
Oklahoma HB 1744 is a law (70 S.D. § 13-102.2) that amended the LNH Scholarship Act beginning August 26, 2011. Section A of the Act allows the parent/guardian of a public school student with a disability to exercise their parental option and request to have an LNH Scholarship awarded for their child to enroll in and attend a private school, if the child is on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) prior to the request and has spent the previous school year in attendance at a public school in the state by being reported by a school district for funding purposes during that year.
You must formally withdraw your child from the public school district where he or she is enrolled upon receipt of approval for the LNH Scholarship. Failure to withdraw your child from the district may affect your eligibility status to receive the scholarship.
1. The parent must first choose an approved private school. Approved Private Schools List
2. The LNH Scholarship Application must be submitted by the parent/guardian to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) by mail or fax, with the required documentation, by December 1 of the year that parent/guardian is seeking the scholarship. All applications received after December 1, beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, will be processed for the following school year.
3. The application process must be completed with the OSDE each year that the parent/guardian chooses to participate in LNH Scholarship.
All recipients of the LNH Scholarship must renew for the scholarship each year, by submitting a current LNH Scholarship application to the OSDE in June or July prior to the beginning of the academic year. The scholarship will be prorated after the date of approval by the OSDE, if the application is received and/or approved after the current school year begins.
Example: ABC school starts classes on August 21, 2014. Ms. Smith completed an application and the OSDE received it on September 19, 2014. The application was approved by the OSDE on September 23. The amount of the scholarship will be prorated by 23 days, as the tuition amount incurred before the scholarship was approved spanned 23 school days.
If the parent or guardian of a child receiving the LNH Scholarship fails to submit a renewal application by December 1 of each year, the scholarship will be terminated.”
To request the LNH Scholarship for your child with a disability, please submit a completed copy of the LNH Scholarship Application (available below) with all required documentation to the OSDE. You may also call (405) 521-4876 to receive an application packet by mail.
Please mail all documents to the address below or fax documents to (405) 522-2380.
Oklahoma State Department of Education
Special Education Services
Attention: Stacy Eden
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For assistance with scholarship applications or other questions related to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (LNH) Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, please contact Stacy Eden at (405) 521-4876.