The Impact of Generosity

Many people ask, “How can I make a difference?” At Oregon State University, we see that difference every day: it's the impact created by donors. Their generous gifts touch every student we inspire, every life we enrich, every challenge we overcome. Here are a few examples.

At OSU the arts and sciences are intertwined. Videos introduce two students who love them both. All students on campus will benefit from an anticipated $60 million initiative to create a new Arts and Education Complex.
Beaver Nation’s response was overwhelming this winter when invited to help create an OSU Baseball Hall of Fame at Goss Stadium. Donors met the initial goal of $50,000 in just eight days, ultimately doubling this amount to fully fund the project.
Students at Oregon State spend an average of almost $2,000 per year on textbooks. Support from the OSU Women’s Giving Circle is bringing those costs down. Leveraging $40,000 in grants, an innovative library program found ways to save students more than $1.3 million.
Over 100 donors made gifts to help OSU become the first Pac-12 school to sequence their mascot’s DNA. Undergraduate students working with the Beaver Genome Project are starting to chew over the data.
Longing for connection with his autistic younger brother, Alex Dassise created a fun way to combine music with physical activity. His new business aims to help other families nationwide.
The largest gift commitment ever made to Oregon State University – Cascades will help expand the Bend campus, allowing it to serve more students.
Choosing to go to college wasn’t easy for Liz and Rich Grotsky. But at the end of 2016, both were finished with their degrees at OSU-Cascades. And along the way, a nonprofit called Empowering Youth Bicycle Program started to roll.
Candalynn Johnson’s journey to OSU had to cover two separate distances. The first was simply miles, but the second was much farther: a journey away from poverty and toward a future of smoothing the path for others.
Picture a competitive surfer. Now be honest: You didn’t picture an Oregonian, right? And not the high-achieving recipient of OSU’s most prestigious merit scholarship.
Winners of a national social venture competition, College of Business juniors Steven Miller and Moriah Shay are striving to spark creativity in youth with their mobile makerspace, thanks to support from the college and the OSU Women's Giving Circle.
With help from CREATE Oregon State and the OSU Women’s Giving Circle, 13 student-athletes went to the Dominican Republic this June through Beavers without Borders. In a video, photos, and Q/A, football long snapper Connor Kelsey shares highlights from the eye-opening service-learning experience.
A new OSU scholarship is taking a unique approach to solving a problem all universities face - freshman-to-sophomore retention - by looking at a student's potential instead of academic performance. The inaugural class of High Promise Scholarship recipients were honored at a celebration in May.
Jocelyn Stokes’ internship in Malaysia focused on sun bear research: an extraordinary hands-on learning experience supported by the Global Experience Fund in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Donors are helping more and more students throughout the university participate in research and educational programs around the world.
Presidential Scholar Rikki Redhead is an officer with OSU’s chapter of Active Minds: a peer-to-peer organization devoted to erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness among college students. She notes that scholarship support makes a major impact on reducing students’ stress levels and improving their ability to graduate.