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ORU Alumni Foundation Board commits $150,000 to Quest Whole Person Scholarship

In their quarterly meeting on February 8, the Oral Roberts University Alumni Foundation Board of Directors unanimously voted to allocate $150,000 of unrestricted funds to ORU's Quest Whole Person Scholarship program.

Through a $4 million matching grant provided by friends of ORU, the $150,000 will immediately become $300,000, resulting in scholarships that will benefit those students chosen to receive the WPS for the 2012-13 academic year.

"The Alumni Foundation Board felt very strongly that we should invest in future students of Oral Roberts University, and the best way to do that was to take advantage of the matching component available with the Quest Whole Person Scholarship," said Matthew Rearden, a 1997 ORU graduate who serves as chairman of the Alumni Board. Rearden and his fellow board members held their meeting in ORU's Graduate Center. "We hope that this Alumni Foundation contribution will encourage current alumni to give to the Quest Whole Person Scholarship campaign before the matching grant expires on April 30."

Jesse Pisors, the senior director of Development and Alumni Relations, said, "The alumni leadership of the ORU Alumni Association and Foundation feel strongly about the Quest Whole Person Scholarship program. It is encouraging to me to see their commitment to maximizing the generous matching challenge that we have been given. Outstanding students will be attending ORU next year because of this action on the part of the Foundation Board."

ORU announced the Quest Whole Person Scholarship program in 2008 and enrolled the first WPS students in the fall of 2009. New undergraduate freshmen and transfer students who have been accepted for enrollment at ORU, and who are nominated for the scholarship, are invited to campus for WPS Days where they are interviewed and asked to complete several short-answer essay questions. ORU looks for students who demonstrate a Christian worldview, a lifestyle of service, academic achievement, leadership ability, a healthy lifestyle, and a vision to make a life-changing impact on others.

The top award is a $20,000 scholarship. All students who take part in a WPS Day receive scholarships in varying amounts.

Through April 30, 2012, all gifts to the Quest Whole Person Scholarship program will be matched, dollar-for-dollar.

To make a gift, go to: http://oru.edu/give

To nominate a student for the scholarship, go to: http://wholeperson.oru.edu/nominate