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Debt-Free Teacher

To provide Oklahoma schoolchildren with the best education, we are creating Debt-Free teachers.

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Support the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education

Giving back to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education inspires future generations of students, advances scholarly impact, and ensures that the college will remain on the cutting-edge of our increasingly global world.

Create debt-free graduates

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In order to provide Oklahoma school children with the best possible education, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education must be able to produce debt-free students. Currently, however, the numbers are not in our favor. Considering that the average OU student debt in 2014 is  $21,517, it is difficult for students to choose Education (average starting salary in Oklahoma is $31,000) over more lucrative fields.

The College is establishing a Debt Forgiveness Program, a merit- and need-based assistance initiative directed toward outstanding students in the College with significant debt associated with their education. Specifically, this fund will target high need areas in Oklahoma education in order to recruit and retain the nation’s best students.

For more information about the Debt Forgiveness Program, visit the website here.

Increase graduate student funding

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

Sustain undergraduate student funding

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In order to continually position the college as a leader in the field, it is imperative that we have 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 in 2014 is approximately $7,000 a year for in-state students.


Emily Mapes

Emily Reed
Executive Director of Development
Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
850 Van Vleet Oval, ECH 100
Norman, OK 73019
Direct: (405) 325-1976