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Sooner Parents Projects and Support

Sooner Parents annually provides parent publications, supports various university projects and helps to fund supplemental programming across the campus.

Mini-Grant Program

The Sooner Parents Mini-Grant program supports educational efforts in the Division of Student Affairs as well as in academic colleges across campus. Projects awarded $500 for 2012-2013 include:

  • Bringing Social Justice into the Workplace - Women's and Gender Studies Program Center for Social Justice
  • Career Transitioning with Metropolitan Opera - Soprano Molly Fillmore - School of Music
  • College of Arts and Sciences Professional Networking Reception for Students - College of Arts and Sciences
  • Community Dental Health Outreach - Dental Hygiene
  • Cooking Laboratory - Instructional Equipment - Honors College
  • D8 ME: Tips for Strong Relationships - Women's Outreach Center (Student Life)
  • Display Board for Recruiting Events - Multidisciplinary Studies Major
  • Library Open House for New Sooners - Bizzell Memorial Library Reference Department
  • Student Volunteer Council - Leadership Development and Volunteerism
  • Trade Books in Spanish/English for Preservice Teachers & for High School Spanish Class - Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum

Outstanding Senior Man and Woman

Each Fall, Sooner Parents presents an award of merit to the Outstanding Senior of each undergraduate college as selected by the individual colleges.  Sooner Parents also recognizes the all-around Outstanding Senior Man and Senior Woman at the University selected by a university committee comprised of faculty, staff and students.

New OU Parent Calendars

A calendar is printed each summer for new OU parents providing month-by-month updates of what students may be experiencing during their transition to OU. It also provides ideas for parents each month.

New to OU - The Sower publication

Sooner Parents covers the mailing cost for this magazine each summer to parents and new students.

Executive Committee Business Meetings

The Sooner Parents Executive Committee meets on the Friday of each fall Dad’s Day and each spring’s Mom’s Day.  Sooner Parent members are also welcome to attend.  If you are interested in serving as an Area Vice President on the Executive Committee, please contact Marc Mandell, Sooner Parents president. 

Under the Tent

Sooner Parents sponsors and hosts a parent information table "under the tent" during Sooner Orientation Weekend and Panhellenic Recruitment Move-In in August.  Sooner Parents volunteers also recruit and enlist new members and vice presidents for the organization.


OU MOM, OU DAD, OU Grandparent, OU Sister, and OU Brother stickers are distributed throughout the year at special university events by Sooner Parents volunteers.

Sooner Parent Member-Only Scholarships

Each year, numerous $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students whose parents are members of Sooner Parents.  General scholarships are awarded for each class (3 freshmen, 2 sophomores, 1 junior, and 1 senior). There is also an essay scholarship awarded each semester along with a random drawing scholarship for $500.  Applications for the scholarships are available on this site and e-mailed to each parent member via the e-news.

A History of Supporting OU Students

Over the years, the parents organizations have taken special interest in support of projects at the university. The Dads' Association publicly supported the bond issues that built Ellison Infirmary in 1927 and in 1964, its members passed a resolution supporting the creation of the OU School of Dentistry.

In 1940, the Mothers' Association sponsored and helped furnish Rochdale Hall for 38 needy women students. They also endorsed safety on highways and world peace.

The Parents' Association contributed $5000 to the building of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

In recent years, the Parents' Association has helped co-sponsor some of the events linked to Dad’s Day and Mom’s Day activities.