WFO approved specific funding for 11 applications for total grant awards of $44,000. Awards include one comprehensive university, six regional campuses, four community colleges, and two campus branches.  Four of the campuses have received prior WFO grants, and five are new applications; the other two have applied in the past but not been funded. The criteria for recommending these 11 awards was the school’s focus on providing supports (advice/counseling, mentoring, referral/guidance, serving as advocates, specific materials and/or assistance) for single mother students and the proposed program’s ability for broad impact on a significant number of students.  The recommendations came with the understanding that the campuses may provide the same and/or similar services to all single parents, regardless of gender.

  • $4,000 to East Central University (Ada) to expand their Tiger Moms support network, single mothers retreat each semester, and add two group study breakfast meetings during finals week.
  • $2,500 to Langston University to establish a Single Mothers Essential Pantry and respond to specific assistance needs.
  • $5,000 to Oklahoma City Community College to expand current services into a wraparound model to address non-cognitive barriers of single mother students including increased inclusion and collaboration by both Enrollment/Student Services and Academic Affairs.  Activities include educational sessions and new student orientation specific to single mothers on the main campus with in-kind staff support.
  • $5,000 to Oklahoma State Institute of Technology (Okmulgee) to hold a single mothers summit, establish a Single Parent Resource Network, and expand their concierge service matrix.  Single Parent Task Force established in 2015 researched needs, created survey, and based proposed activities on those findings.
  • $2,500 to OSU-OKC to host a statewide summit of statewide partners providing support for single mother/parent students, to continue their communication efforts, student orientation lunch, and provide outreach and on-going lunch opportunities with student support staff.
  • $3,500 to Oklahoma State University (Stillwater campus) to establish a mentoring program, produce a campus resources brochure, host monthly gatherings, and build on current Family Resource Center programming with in-kind staff support
  • $2,500 to Rogers State University (Claremore) to fund a part-time support position, create a SMART Resource Listing, provide SMART student orientation, and host mid-term and finals study sessions.
  • $5,000 to Rose State College (MWC) for continuing support of the SMART Center including a Student Emergency Fund, Summer Bridge Program, Spring Single Parent Student Conference, Spring & Fall Lunch & Learn sessions, Fall Break Workshops, and Graduation/Finals Celebration with in-kind staff support, case management, and mentorship.
  • $5,000 to Southeastern University to provide a part-time staff support position, an on-demand daycare fund, development of a single mother cohort list-serve with social media communications, and coffee & conversation educational sessions.
  • $4,000 to SWOSU (Weatherford) to provide a part-time staff support position, continue monthly support meetings, bi-monthly family events, community give-back opportunities, and establish a Single Parents Summit and Stakeholders Annual Report.
  • $5,000 to Western Oklahoma State College (Altus) to implement a Single Mom’s Support System including counseling, fall orientation, Lunch & Learn sessions, and Finals Study Sessions with in-kind staff support.
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