Comprised of around 50 student fundraisers this enthusiastic group works year around, five days a week to raise funds for the university, focusing their efforts on academic and financial student support. The Cowboy Callers contact alumni, parents and friends of the university.
The Cowboy Callers play a significant role in our OSU annual giving efforts. For example, in fiscal year 2018, student callers contacted more than 22,000 alumni and friends. Of these, nearly 25% resulted in a pledge of support to the university, for a total of 5,464 pledges and $620,181 raised.
Working for our program not only raises money for OSU, but also educates student callers about the importance of giving back.
By supporting your passions at Oklahoma State University, a legacy is left at OSU providing students the opportunity to grow and learn at the highest level.
Why did you choose Oklahoma State University?
I chose Oklahoma State University because it felt the most like home. Being from out of state, I knew that it was going to be difficult to find another place to call home, but after touring Oklahoma State, I knew that this was the place for me. The people here are like a family. After I applied here, Oklahoma State offered me a scholarship for my academic achievements in high school and that made my tuition rate go down to an in-state rate.
What has been your greatest experience at OSU?
My greatest experience so far at Oklahoma State has been Homecoming. Seeing all of the hard work that the Greek houses put into their decks, seeing alumni from years past and walking within the Sea of Orange was surreal. They are not kidding when they say that Oklahoma State University has the biggest Homecoming celebration!
What are your future career plans?
For years, I have been obsessed with technology and what it can achieve. Specifically, computers and everyday applications such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint. Ever since high school, I have had two goals: be able to read and write the digital book that is the world and helping people who are not as technologically savvy as I am. I have already gotten a job at Dell as a Senior IT Agent. My career plans for further down the road will be centered around software development and data analytics.
What do you enjoy most about living in Stillwater?
I enjoy living in Stillwater because everything is nice and close. Whatever you may need, Stillwater has it not far from where you are. I also enjoy living here because it is fairly equidistant from my home in Texas and our cabin on Lake Eufaula.
Megan Smith is a Strategic Communications major and Psychology minor from Carrollton, Texas. Megan currently volunteers with Wings of Hope and is the external philanthropy chair for her sorority. Megan is focused on getting her degree in communications but hopes to work for a nonprofit organization upon graduation to continue her passion for helping others. Megan has been on the President’s Honor Roll her last two semesters and plans on finishing her degree at Oklahoma State strong. Megan has worked at the call center for nine months.
“The Foundation has given me many opportunities to grow professionally and as a student at Oklahoma State. As a Cowboy Caller, I get to interact and build relationships with alumni while learning about their experiences at OSU. I am honored to be a part of this nonprofit and raise money to help students through scholarships. I have gained both leadership and interpersonal skills from working at the Foundation and am excited to see what my future holds after graduation. Go Pokes!”
More often than not the Cowboy Calling students are the only voice of OSU our supporters hear, therefore, these students play a vital role in establishing and maintaining a strong relationship with our supporters.
Immediately after each phone call the caller signs the pledge card for the person with whom they spoke; these cards are personal in that they identify the caller/signer as an OSU student and contain a brief note of thanks.
All prospective donors should receive correspondence from the Annual Giving office within a week of their call, regardless of whether a pledge was made. This is our commitment in showing you how much your time and thoughtful consideration helps advance the ideals and programs of OSU.