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 because I wanted to getaway. Being from Lubbock, Texas, most of my friends went to Texas Tech and I wanted to experience something completely different from new people.
What has been your greatest experience at OSU?
My greatest experience at OSU has definitely been meeting so many new friends. I never could have imagined having so many people be so open to new friendships!
What are your future career plans?
I plan to graduate with a degree in Applied Exercise Science and then attend Physical Therapy school.
What do you enjoy most about living in Stillwater?
The thing I enjoy most about living in Stillwater is the small-town feel it gives. Growing up in a very small town, this is something I was looking for when trying to decide where to go to school and OSU fulfilled every aspect of this.
Sadie Smith is a freshman Business Management Pre-law major from Amarillo, Texas. Sadie is focused on getting her degree in management but hopes to become an attorney and own her own law firm in her hometown. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, Sadie plans to attend Texas Tech Law School where she will study to become an Elder Law Attorney to focus on Estate Planning. Sadie has worked at the call center for four months and recently accepted a lead caller position.
“Having the opportunity to work at the Foundation has been a bigger blessing than I ever could have imagined. Being able to speak with Alumni of the University and hearing about their experiences here at OSU and getting to learn from their advice builds my excitement for my next few years of being a Cowboy. I love that I get to have a hand in raising money for the University and for all of the students here. Working as a Cowboy Caller is especially rewarding because I not only get to enjoy the work that I do, but I have had the opportunity to meet some of my favorite people here at OSU that work alongside me.”
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.