Brighter Orange Brighter Future

The world is a Brighter Orange when the brightest minds have the opportunities to grow and learn at a first-class institution. At Oklahoma State, we believe financial circumstances should never be a barrier to higher education.


Through the Brighter Orange, Brighter Future Student Scholarship Campaign, we aim to secure $375 million in additional support for Oklahoma State University students through need-based and merit-based scholarships. Scholarships of every kind will break down barriers.

You can open doors and give educational access to students of all educational, experiential and financial backgrounds.

Help make Oklahoma State shine its brightest orange — now, and long into the future!

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Brighter Orange, Brighter Future Campaign Impact

As a land-grant institution, it is OSU’s mission to support students. As a member of the Cowboy family, you can help prepare students for the challenges of the future by providing scholarships to ensure their academic success.

While an extreme circumstance, COVID-19 has proven just how important scholarships are to our students and their families. For many, a single life-event — an illness or a parent being laid off — could mean the difference in attending OSU or college altogether.

Your gift to the Brighter Orange, Brighter Future campaign will:

  • Grow student enrollment and accessibility
  • Prevent more students from dropping out due to financial hardships
  • Maintain OSU’s reputation for being an affordable, quality option for higher education

Need-Based Scholarships

Need-Based Scholarships

Today’s students can no longer self-fund their college pursuits with full-time jobs in the summer and part-time work during the school year. In fact, the average student loan debt for OSU graduates is more than $25,000.

Through your generosity, the Brighter Orange, Brighter Future campaign will increase need-based scholarships university-wide by $100 million in endowed funds, giving more students the opportunity to earn an OSU degree.

When you give to scholarships, you are changing the trajectory of future generations. Consider that 87 percent of Oklahoma residents with a bachelor’s degree are employed in Oklahoma one year after graduation. A college graduate also earns more than $1.1 million more in their lifetime than a high school graduate.

Merit-Based Scholarships

Merit-Based Scholarships

Merit-based awards help keep Oklahoma’s brightest students in our state and provide them with a competitive learning experience. Merit-based scholarships reward high academic achievement, educate the next generation of leaders and raise the university’s academic profile.

While not mutually exclusive from need-based scholarships, exceptional students don’t necessarily come from affluent backgrounds, and merit-based scholarships are equally as important to their success and ability to attend OSU.

Currently, Oklahoma State has two merit-based programs that need your support: the Oklahoma State Scholars Society and the President’s Leadership Council. These two programs provide opportunities for high-achieving students to learn and grow in areas through leadership opportunities, research and academic development, and study abroad experiences.


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No matter where you decide to make an impact, your gift ensures that OSU students feel the power — and the hope — of having the Cowboy family behind them.


Jayme Ferrell

To learn more about the many ways you can transform a student’s life through scholarships, contact:

Jayme Ferrell

Senior Director of Development

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