Thank you for giving to Oklahoma State University! Through your support, we are progressively moving OSU forward. It is incredible to see what the Cowboy Family can accomplish together.
In 2016, Oklahoma State University was blessed to receive more than $150 million in gifts and commitments from more than 33,700 donors. Your orange passions are creating a brighter future for Oklahoma State. Thank you for everything you do.
You don’t have to be wealthy to start a scholarship. You have to be passionate. Amelia Wilson, a 2013 aerospace engineering and Spanish alumna, was only 22 when she helped create her first endowed scholarship fund at OSU.
Her friend and classmate Kyle Bruggemeyer died in a car crash in January 2014. Wilson was inspired to work with Bruggemeyer’s family and the OSU Foundation to set up a fund and coordinate gifts to reach the endowment requirements. Between herself and Kyle’s family, they were able to connect with friends, family and coworkers across the country who were all willing to pay tribute to Kyle by donating to his memorial fund.
Today the Kyle R. Bruggemeyer Memorial Scholarship for Aerospace Engineering has grown to more than $33,000 thanks to 151 gifts from 96 donors. The scholarship has been awarded to three students.
"Each year, this scholarship goes to a student passionate about aerospace and aeronautics, just like Kyle," Wilson said. "We’ll never get Kyle back, but his legacy will live on at OSU and in the skies above."
Philanthropy is nothing new to Wilson as she has previously been honored for her service and dedication to others. In 2012, Wilson’s grassroots efforts were recognized during a Women for OSU symposium, during which she was awarded a scholarship for her philanthropy.
To read more about Kyle Bruggemeyer and his memorial scholarship, click here. Below is a short Q&A with Amelia Wilson, 2012 Women for OSU Scholarship Recipient.
$25 million McKnight gift creates performing arts program endowment and brings the New York Philharmonic to Stillwater.
Oklahoma State University celebrated the groundbreaking of The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts this fall by announcing a residency partnership with the New York Philharmonic. Project leaders, major donors and the president of The New York Philharmonic were part of the standing-room-only celebration at the future site building’s main stage.
The New York Philharmonic will be featured during The McKnight Center’s inaugural week in the fall of 2019. The residency partnership will include educational opportunities for OSU students with Philharmonic musicians and management, such as masterclasses, audition workshops and lectures as well as multiple performances conducted by future New York Philharmonic Music Director Jaap van Zweden.
The partnership was made possible in part by a $25 million gift by Billie and Ross McKnight, the namesakes and main benefactors of the project. The McKnights’ gift created a program endowment and has encouraged 15 other households and organizations to give $1 million or more each to this transformational project, which has a fundraising goal of $60 million. To learn more about The McKnight Center, visit McKnightCenter.okstate.edu.
Some of the most visible impact from donor gifts can be seen in new facilities. Premier and innovative learning environments are crucial to sustaining OSU’s competitive edge.
State-of-the-art facilities are critical when recruiting and retaining the best students, faculty and staff, and allow our university to better achieve academic and research excellence.
This year, we celebrated dedications, groundbreakings and milestone achievements for new buildings and campus features.
The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology’s Undergraduate Laboratory will foster students as they master basic engineering principles at a small scale that will later translate into larger, more complex projects and scenarios as they move into advanced education, specialization and careers. LEARN MORE
Celebrity alumna chef brings experience to OSU and honors mentor through student scholarship.
Chef Tiffany Poe is a fantastic example of how new facilities recruit stellar talent to the university. Poe came to OSU in part due to the incredible facilities in the new wing for the College of Human Sciences. This charismatic and enthusiastic alumna left her position as food stylist and culinary lead consultant for Ree Drummond, better known as The Pioneer Woman, to become OSU’s new executive chef, clinical instructor and director of culinary operations.
"When does someone call you and ask you to come open a $30 million facility?" Poe asked. "It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and will serve as a bedrock for the program for decades to come."
While Poe teaches and offers unique insight from her star-studded culinary career, she is also helping students financially with a scholarship she started. Poe established the Bruce Mattel Honorary Scholarship, which goes to HRAD majors planning to attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, after their graduation from OSU. The CIA markets itself as the world’s premier culinary college, and is where Poe earned an associate degree in culinary arts, served as student body president and graduated with honors.
"Bruce Mattel was my mentor at CIA and our Distinguished Chef last spring, so I decided to honor him," she said. "He has been a voice that encouraged and believed in me throughout my career and is such a positive person that I wanted others to be inspired in the same way."
To read more about Chef Poe's story, click here.
FY2016 was a challenging year for our pooled investment fund with underperformance compared with our most relevant benchmark and our peers. Since inception of the internal investment office in January 2012, we have outperformed our most relevant benchmark by 2.1% annually, inclusive of this year's performance. Even so, our internal investment office and Investment Committee continue to evaluate the impact of projected lower long-term target returns and are working diligently to ensure that the investment portfolio is structured to generate long-term, best-in-class endowment investment performance. Click here for more information on our pooled investment fund.