The Cowboy Strong Student Emergency Fund serves to unite the Cowboy Family by providing assistance to students experiencing dire financial need who have exhausted all other resources.
The Cowboy Strong Student Emergency Fund provides direct support to students in need and exists to make sure students never feel like dropping out is their only option. Gifts committed to Cowboy Strong are used by the Office of Students Affairs under the supervision of the Vice President for Student Affairs to keep OSU students in school. Grants are made to provide housing, food, transportation, tuition - any of the basics these students need to ensure they do not have to drop out and can continue their education.
"The Cowboy Strong fund is an essential safety net for students and their families as emergency support is more critical than ever during this unprecedented time of uncertainty and need. Recipients are grateful not only for the financial assistance but for the opportunity this assistance creates for students to continue living their dream of attending OSU."
Dr. Doug Hallenbeck, Vice President of Student Affairs
Cowboy Strong typically assists over 40 students per year with an average of $40,000 in aid being distributed each school year. During the month of March 2020, more than 100 requests came through the Student Affairs office. The need for this type of assistance at OSU will only grow as COVID-19 continues to affect the country and world.
Here’s how you can help:
- Make a contribution to the Cowboy Strong Student Emergency Fund. Your gift, no matter the size, will pair with others from the Cowboy family to support students in dire need. Our goal is to provide OSU with funds to support our students who have the greatest need.
- Share this opportunity within your network. Whether you spread awareness through social media, send an email or tell a friend - spreading the word is important and will help us reach our goal.
When you support the Cowboy Strong Student Emergency Fund, you help shape the future for Oklahoma State University! By contributing during Give Orange, you make our future a brighter orange!