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OU Retirees Association Scholarship

In 2013, the OURA established an academic scholarship to be awarded to one or more deserving students each year.  By late December 2017, donations from Association members, officers, and committee chairs, with the invaluable help of a matching challenge contribution by former OURA President Grettie Bondy, had surpassed the $10,000 mark, allowing the OURA to establish in January 2018 the University of Oklahoma Retirees Association Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of Oklahoma Foundation.  From this point forward, the annual interest earned by the Endowed Fund will be used to underwrite each year's Scholarship award to a worthy OU undergraduate.  Also from this point forward, we will refer to the award as the OURA / Grettie Bondy Endowed Scholarship, honoring not only Grettie for her generosity and service but also her mother and family for inspiring her lifelong support of education.

Although the OURA Scholarship Fund is now securely established as a Permanent Endowment, the Fund's Principal Account is at present only slightly above the minimum required level of $10,000 and needs additional donations in order to ensure its ability to generate sufficient annual interest and support at least one scholarship each academic year.  Fully tax-deductible contributions in any amount are gratefully accepted at any time and may be made in either of two ways:  online by credit/debit card at https://giving.oufoundation.org/OnlineGivingWeb/Giving/OnlineGiving/OURetireeSchol, or by check made payable to the OU Foundation (with the memo line indicating that your gift is to be applied toward the OURA Endowed Scholarship Fund #42197)  and mailed to:  Treasurer, OU Retirees Association  /  201 E. Lindsey  /  Norman OK 73019.  Also, retirees who participate in each year's Campus Campaign may designate the OURA Endowed Scholarship Fund #42197 as the beneficiary of their contributions.  Thank you for your support.

Scholarship Recipients 2013-Present

2013  Theresa Ashley, Oklahoma City, Senior, International Studies & Spanish

2014  Sarah Brimmer, Tulsa, Junior, Visual Communications

2015  Macee Beheler, Blanchard, Junior, Broadcast Journalism

2016  Phillip Stewart, Edmond, Senior, Letters & Environmental Studies

2017  Joshua Hughes, Eufaula, Junior, Aerospace Engineering & Microbiology

2018  Kara Brown, Senior, Psychology & Sociology

2019  Davis Mitchell, Broken Arrow, Senior, Finance & International Business

2020  Emily Tanner, Enid, Junior, Advertising

Ninth OURA Scholarship Winner Named


The OURA Scholarship Committee and the OU Scholarship Office are pleased to announce the selection of Adriana Deliz Gonzalez-Vega as the recipient of the University of Oklahoma Retirees Association Endowed Scholarship for 2021. Adriana is a 4th-year Electrical Engineering student originally from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, but later a resident of Yukon, Oklahoma.  She both "found her true calling for electrical engineering and fell in love with OU" during a one-month AT&T Summer Bridge program in which she and 49 other incoming freshman engineers not only took math and pre-chemistry courses but also designed, built, and tested a working splash pad for an orphanage in Haiti.

At OU Adriana has been heavily involved in organizations such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Latinos Without Borders, and the Hispanic American Student Association. She is the reigning Miss Hispanic OU for 2021-22 as well as the current Vice President of Recruitment for Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. During the past two summers she has interned with both ExxonMobil in Houston TX and Samsung Austin Semiconductor in Austin TX, utilizing these opportunities "to empower her community and bring about women in STEM awareness." Upon graduation she plans to attend graduate school, and after completing her Master's she "dreams of working for a large, successful company such as Samsung Austin Semiconductor, having always been fascinated by chip manufacturing and how electrical engineers are constantly progressing towards new innovations."

In closing her letter to the OURA, Adriana writes: "I would like to take a moment of your time to say thank you so much for awarding me the OU Retirees Association Endowed Scholarship. I am so thankful for your generous donation; this has relieved so much financial stress and has enabled me to focus more on my studies. I am the oldest of three, so the next couple of years will be a bit of a struggle on the financial end for my family and me. Because of this scholarship, I can pursue opportunities like my internship at Samsung and focus on my future career without having to worry about financial stress. I want to thank you again for this scholarship and your generosity! I truly wouldn't be where I am today without [such] support."