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
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.
Donors make a difference in student experience
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.
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.
Read about fundraising and development news at the University of Oklahoma. Stories are ordered by year.
6/26/2013: A $500,000 gift from the Mary K. Chapman Foundation of Tulsa will advance research at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center with the goal of finding new ways to diagnose and treat ovarian cancer.
1/24/2013: Jon and Cathryn Withrow have made a $240,000 gift to establish a new scholarship for doctoral students who will be conducting research and working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
1/24/2013: OU has recorded an all-time high in both the number and total amount of private gifts received for any six-month period for the first half of Fiscal Year 2013 with almost $140 million in gifts through Dec. 31.
9/5/2012: A $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will enable researchers at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center to look for answers to a critical problem in cancer therapy.
7/31/2012: The Krampf Family Endowed Scholarship in the College of Earth and Energy not only will help students get an education, it will also serve as a lasting tribute to a loyal OU alumna from the men in her life.
01/24/2012: OU College of Medicine is nearly halfway to reaching its $10 million private fundraising goal in the Second Century Scholarship Campaign and also is the recipient of two major gifts from the estate of Mary M. Jones of Mustang, Oklahoma.