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To enrich the educational experience for OU Education students, the Jeannine Rainbolt College requests private support to provide student scholarship, technology upgrades, and educational opportunities.

Consider making a gift today to:

• Attract outstanding students to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education and careers in Education
• Retain and reward Rainbolt College’s outstanding professors and rising stars
• Have the unrestricted funding necessary to pursue new opportunities and address immediate needs
• Become a JRCoE Champion (monthly and annual giving)
• Join the OU President’s Associates program (with designation to Rainbolt College)
• Invest in future generations by making an estate or planned gift

The Bellwether Society

Now is an exhilarating time for the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.  The excitement of the College’s new facility, together with the conservative approaches being taken by peer education colleges around the nation, gives OU a rare opportunity to advance the reputation of the Rainbolt College and the education of our outstanding students.

Private fundraising will be critical to these advancements, especially in an era of declining state budgets.  In addition to continuing major gift conversations with College donors, Dean Garn is developing two new giving programs for the College: 1) a broad-based giving society for scholarship gifts and 2) a Dean’s Leadership giving level being called the “Bellwether Society.

The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education asks Bellwether Society donors to contribute $2,000 a year, with a commitment of three years requested.  Those donors who contribute at this level will truly be “bellwethers” for the College, inspiring donors at all levels and providing Dean Garn with important funding for initiatives that will define the college in the next decade. 

The $2,000 a year in Bellwether Society contributions will be divided as follows:

  • $1,500 will be available to the Dean to be used for a wide variety of purposes, from developing innovative programs that nurture K-12 interest in science, math and engineering and creating a teacher training classroom with cutting-edge technology to supporting Study Abroad opportunities for students and research initiatives for faculty.
  • $500 to support an annual scholarship to be given to a Rainbolt College student in the name of the Bellwether Society member or his/her designee.


Bellwether Society members will be honored as the leaders of the College that they truly are, with recognition in the College’s Bridges publication and its annual report and invitations to special events at the College.  This will include the annual Scholarship Banquet, where Bellwether Society members will have an opportunity to meet the students who received their named scholarship.  In addition, Dean Garn is eager to share news about how Bellwether Society funds are making a difference through emails, or letters to this special group, as well as in one-on-one meetings.

JRCoE Champions (monthly giving and yearly campaign)

By becoming a Champion for the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, you can provide year-round support for the students and faculty who are working to improve education in Oklahoma and beyond. Funds donated by the JRCoE Champions will benefit the Dean’s discretionary fund, which supports student scholarships, emergency student needs, and our Urban Teacher Preparation Academy among other initiatives.

The benefits:

  • Donating is easy.

By having a small amount charged to your credit card each month, you can make a BIG impact without writing a huge check.

You can cancel or change the amount of your monthly gift at any time.

  • Donating connects you back to yOUr College.

People who become JRCoE Champions will receive quarterly e-mail updates from the Dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education so that you can see how your dollars are making a difference.

JRCoE Champions will also receive invitations to all of the College’s events.

  • Your monthly gifts make a difference.

$12 a month can support a book club for JRCoE students for an entire semester.

$22 a month can provide for a semester of support and mentorship meetings for students in our Urban Teacher Preparation Academy.

$42 a month can provide an entire annual scholarship for a student.

Questions? Contact Emily Mapes at 405-325-1976 or

Faculty Chairs and Professorships

Faculty excellence is fundamental to the success of our College and its students.  Yet without increased salaries, our peer universities can be successful in recruiting our best professors.  There are a number of ways that private gifts can help the Rainbolt College address this:

  • Endowed Professorships or Chairs

Endowed with $500,000 and $1,000,000 respectively, these positions can be created in general or specialized areas and are typically awarded for the term of the holder’s career.  These positions can be used to recruit an exciting new faculty member to the College or to retain a top professor.

  • Presidential Professorships 

Endowed with $200,000 gifts, these positions are awarded for a four-year term and recipients receive $10,000 a year, generally as a salary supplement. 

  • Endowed Faculty Fellowships

Endowed at a variety of levels, these can be used to provide fellowships of $5,000 to $10,000 to outstanding faculty members in support of their teaching or research initiatives.

Endowed and Annual Scholarships

OU Student in class

Considering that the average OU student debt is currently $21,517, it is difficult for students to choose Education (average starting salary $31,000) over more lucrative fields.  Scholarship funding for Rainbolt College students is on the rise, especially with the establishment of the $1 million Jeannine Rainbolt endowment. 

In the 2014 fiscal year, the College awarded just over $101,000 in undergraduate scholarships, with the average award $1,000.  Another $60,000 in graduate scholarships were awarded, with an average award of $800.   With 700 undergraduate students and an additional 700 graduate students, this funding falls far short of meeting the need for scholarships or the goal of recruiting top students with attractive scholarship offers.

Among our goals:       

  • More graduate scholarship endowments

More graduate scholarship endowments will help OU compete nationally for top graduate students in Education.  These scholarships would focus on full-time graduate students who support teaching and research in the College because those students have such a broad impact on the quality of education offered to all Education students. 

Ideally, these endowments will generate stipends of $5,000 to $10,000 a year, which would be added to the University’s typical graduate student package of $15,000.

  • More endowed scholarship funds for undergraduate students

More endowed scholarship funds for undergraduate students.  Ideally, these endowments will generate enough income each year to fund scholarships that will substantially cover the annual cost of tuition, fees and books, which is currently about $7,000 a year.

Invest in future generations by making an Estate or Planned Gift

Join the OU President’s Associates program (with designation to Rainbolt College)