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ConocoPhillips contributes $2.5 million to various OU programs

ConocoPhillips check presentation

The University of Oklahoma has received a $2.5 million contribution from ConocoPhillips to benefit a wide range of OU programs, including those in the Price College of Business, College of Engineering, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, the SPIRIT Scholars program, and a variety of diversity programs and student organizations.

Sig Cornelius, ConocoPhillips senior vice president, Finance, and chief financial officer, and Nikki Benson, who directs university recruiting for the corporation, made the gift presentation at a luncheon on April 16, attended by representatives from the areas of the university supported by the corporation.  

Cornelius noted that ConocoPhillips is maintaining its level of support for university partners like the University of Oklahoma despite the economic downturn because of the importance of investing in education and research.

“ConocoPhillips is proud of its relationship and history with the University of Oklahoma and pleased to have it as a part of our SPIRIT Scholars program.  We recognize the importance of learning and leadership, and are happy to be a part of developing the leaders of tomorrow,” said Cornelius.

OU Vice President for Development Tripp Hall noted that ConocoPhillips is OU’s most generous corporate donor, with gifts and pledges totaling almost $40 million over a history of support that stretches back almost to the first days of the university.

“We deeply appreciate ConocoPhillips’ generous and continuing investment in the University of Oklahoma and its students,” said Hall.

(Pictured: Sig Cornelius, senior vice president, Finance, and chief financial officer for ConocoPhillips, presents a check to OU Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy Dean Larry Grillot on April 16.)

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