Impact Tulsa OSU-Tulsa seeks to raise scholarship funds for immediate impact.
he cost of a higher education is at a record high nationwide, yet a college degree is more important now than ever in an increasingly global marketplace. That’s why OSU-Tulsa is trying to raise scholarship funds that will have an immediate impact on students who need assistance to earn a degree. OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett says the effort focuses on ensuring student-access to a world-class education at OSU. “I believe it’s critical, especially during the economic downturn our nation is experiencing, that resources are available for those who want to further their education and earn a degree,” Barnett says. “At this time, OSU-Tulsa has limited scholarship funding to offer students who need assistance. However, to meet the most immediate needs of the Tulsa community, it is essential that we increase this source of funding so we can provide higher education opportunities to more students.”
The goal is to secure $4 million for scholarships, including $1.5 million for endowments and $2.5 million for the new Impact Tulsa scholarship program. Barnett says that while endowments are very beneficial for universities as a source of long-term revenue, scholarship funding is needed now to make an immediate impact in students’ lives. “There continues to be a significant need for scholarship funding that we are striving to meet. Supporting students by easing the burden of rising tuition and making an internationally respected OSU degree available to more Tulsa-area students is our top priority,” Barnett says. Donations to the Impact Tulsa scholarship program will be used immediately, making approximately $500,000 per year available for deserving students if fundraising goals are met. In addition, Barnett says the funding will help OSU-Tulsa reduce its reliance on tuition waivers, making funding available to support ancillary services necessary for a quality education.
The Impact Tulsa scholarships will benefit both traditional and non-traditional students in any field of study at OSU-Tulsa. Barnett says he can understand the hesitation to make donations during this challenging economic climate, but this is also an economic issue for the betterment of Tulsa. He added that it is critical to ensure that talented, worthy students have an opportunity to pursue their educational goals. “Educated and qualified graduates strengthen our community’s workforce and economy and add to our quality of life,” Barnett says. “Making an investment in our students’ education is making an investment in Tulsa’s future. And every gift can make a difference now toward that goal.” T r i s h M c B e at h
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