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Why Give?

Much of the progress made over the last two decades at the University of Oklahoma has been powered by private support. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, OU's world-class educational and cultural experiences and life-changing research has made a real difference in the lives of Oklahomans and beyond.

Generosity of donors helps make students’ dreams possible

The support of our donors is essential in providing our students with the best Sooner experience. It is because of the generosity of our university family that students like Ivy, Braylon, Dylan and Michelle — who are shown in the video above — are able to thrive at OU. They are just four of the thousands of students who benefit from the collective support of our alumni and friends.


Graduate credits her success at OU to scholarship supporters

Paige Colston

Scholarships helped bring more than educational opportunity to 2018 graduate Paige Colston. They also provided financial peace of mind for her family in a time when students are responsible for an increasingly greater share of the cost of a college degree. 

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Donors make a difference in student experience

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In Fiscal Year 2017, private support helped ensure that our deserving students were provided with all of the tools they needed to thrive at OU — from scholarships, textbooks and lab supplies to housing and food assistance.

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Priority has focused a spotlight on OU private giving since 1976. This quarterly publication reaches donors, alumni, faculty and staff with stories demonstrating the power of gifts both large and small to transform Oklahoma’s flagship university.

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Read about fundraising and development news at the University of Oklahoma. Stories are ordered by year.