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Kodie Gough, the 2024 OSU Student Philanthropist of the Year.

Spears’ Kodie Gough named Student Philanthropist of the Year

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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Kodie Gough, a marketing major from Graham, Texas, was recognized as the Student Philanthropist of the Year at the 2024 Women for OSU Symposium in April.

The Women for OSU Council established the award to recognize an OSU student who is highly engaged in philanthropic efforts and demonstrates inspiring leadership through a culture of giving. The Student Philanthropist of the Year lives out their orange passion with an unwavering dedication to serving others in their communities.

“I have no way of accurately describing what this award and this program mean to me,” Gough said. “I am so grateful to the Women for OSU Council and the Oklahoma State University Foundation for believing in me and for always pushing me to be my best.

“A philanthropic mindset is something not everyone chooses to have, but those that do have it, allow it to alter their perspective forever. This is what philanthropy means to me. A way to make the world a better place, with nothing in return.”

Gough’s philanthropic efforts include the Cowboy Strong Student Emergency Fund and combating food insecurity on campus. She deeply cares about the well-being of OSU students and volunteers at Our Daily Bread, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Into the Streets.

Gough is a member of the Women in Business Club and the OSU Student Foundation. Serving as the philanthropy executive for the Spears School of Business Student Council, she fosters and sustains relationships with the community and student-led organizations to promote service and philanthropy. She plans to pursue a master’s in business administration (MBA) degree following graduating in 2026.

“This well-deserved recognition is a testament to Kodie’s unwavering dedication, compassion and tireless efforts to make a positive difference in our community and on our campus,” said Sarah Johnson, assistant dean of undergraduate learning at Spears Business. “Kodie demonstrates integrity, determination and care for her community in everything she pursues.

“On behalf of the Spears School of Business, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Kodie for this outstanding achievement. We are incredibly proud of her and have no doubt that she will continue to be a driving force for positive change in the years to come.”

Joining Gough as Spears Business students recognized as Student Scholars at the symposium were Emily Frantz, a nonprofit management major from Fort Worth, Texas, and RachelKate Puckett, a management information systems and international business major from Yukon, Oklahoma.

Frantz is the Learning Environments and Community Activation intern at United to Learn, as well as an intern at the Wesley Foundation. She serves as the vice president of the Non-Profit Club and the vice president of the Spears Business Student Council. She volunteers with Our Daily Bread, Into the Streets and Down Home Ranch.

Puckett is president of Into the Streets and serves as professional development executive of the Spears Business Student Council. She aspires to continue her philanthropic efforts through a career in international data analytics, where she can contribute to meaningful projects with widespread impact.

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