The Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma (WFO) – in their effort to create economic self-sufficiency for Oklahoma women and girls – has awarded a grant to the Oklahoma State University Division of Student Affairs.
Grants were available to all Oklahoma public college and universities in support of services for single mother students. Grants of up to $5,000 were awarded based on the ability to provide support for single mother students and the proposed program’s ability for broad impact on a significant number of students.
“Thanks to the Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma grant, we have been able to offer specialized programs and support to single moms attending OSU," said Dr. Kathryn Gage, Executive Director for Student Affairs. "We were able to host guest speakers, lunch and learns, and educational materials to loan to children, all thanks to this generous funding.”
This initiative began in 2015 when the Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma awarded their first seven grants to Oklahoma educational institutions. In addition to providing funds, this grant has helped raise awareness of the need for focused supports of the single parent population on campus. Single mother student activities and/or programs are now on higher education campuses in Oklahoma.
“We are thrilled to work with the For Your Future program at Oklahoma State University to help improve the experience of single parents attending college,” said Teresa Rose Crook, WFO Executive Director. “Our goal is to eliminate barriers that may be in the way of degree completion and create better quality of life for these families.”
The Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma, an endowed fund of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, has paid over $550,000 to organizations who are providing direct services to the single parent population and dedicated to the economic self-sufficiency of Oklahoma women and girls. The WFO Endowment is managed by Communities Foundation of Oklahoma. For more information on both, please visit www.wfok.org and www.cfok.org.