The Sooners Helping Sooners campaign has helped raise over $24,000, providing immediate aid to students directly impacted by the current pandemic. Due to restaurant, campus and other business closures around the state, many OU students across our three campuses have lost their income and are unable to call for support from family members who are also struggling to make ends meet. With many of our graduate students supporting families of their own, already scarce options for income are met with even more obstacles.
Over 575 OU students have applied for aid to cover costs for basic needs like rent, groceries, utilities and a means to travel home. To date, we have been able to provide over 200 OU students with a total of $144,285 to get them through this difficult period.
Because of you and the rest of the Sooner family, we are closer to ensuring every OU student receives the funds they deserve to finish their college career safe, healthy and successful. As we continue to do all we can to see the next generation through to graduation and beyond, please read on for a few small excerpts of how your gift has had an indelible effect on the lives of recent Sooners Helping Sooners recipients.
“This award has brought tears to my eyes. This trying time has brought so much grief and worry into my family’s life, and this grant has given me a glimpse of hope. I am forever thankful to this program and your assistance. You have shown the true pride of being a Sooner, and I promise to pay it forward when I put my degree to work and have the financial means!”
“Thank you for all you do, especially in these difficult times, to help those in need.”
“This takes a huge weight off of my shoulders and I feel like I can breathe again.”
“I was about to apply for unemployment, but didn’t want to because I want to hopefully return to my job when school starts again. I am so appreciative, and I cannot even believe that I got this assistance.”
“The kind gesture inspires me, and I hope that one day I will be able to give back to the OU community and help others who might need any form of assistance.”