Year in Review
Defining Moments – A Look Back At 2020-2021
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
It may sound strange to say, but I’m more thankful this year than ever before to be part of the Oklahoma Wesleyan University community.
Through the uncertainty of last year’s pandemic, there have certainly been challenges. There were times I wasn’t sure what the future would hold for OKWU. But our students are resilient, and the team of women and men that I have the pleasure to work with are genuinely exceptional. They overcame obstacles, and we completed a full year of on-ground, in-person education.
We’re prepared to launch into the future, and we’re still committed to impacting students’ lives with the Grace and Truth of Jesus Christ today. I’m here, at the end of a hectic season, to proclaim God’s blessings over our university.
OKWU’s academic offerings have always been changing with the shifting landscape of higher education. As the needs of our students shift, so do our classes and degree programs. It’s why we moved to an online campus for our Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) programs. Through GPS, we’re proud to announce our first-ever doctoral program, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Through two innovative pathways, we’re preparing nurses to serve in the highest levels of leadership in the medical field.
And with new scholarship opportunities for our students, we’re making sure that finances don’t keep them from following God’s calling on their life. Wesleyan students are now eligible for up to 50% off their tuition, along with 75% off for Wesleyan Clergy dependents and for students in our School of Ministry and Christian Thought. Brand-new Dean’s Scholarships reward up to $10,000 annually for students who are poised for success in their academic disciplines. As always, our Presidential Leadership Scholarships reward up to $11,000 annually to students balancing strong academic and leadership skills.
But your journey as an Eagle doesn’t have to start when you’re a freshman. Through a groundbreaking partnership with Tel Library, OKWU Prep is providing high school students an opportunity to earn up to one whole year of college credit, utilizing OKWU’s faith-based course materials.
Building the Future
We’re expanding access for our students and creating better environments for everyone in the OKWU community. Our Eagle Campus Expansion project will enrich the lives of our students and our neighbors in Bartlesville by improving and expanding our athletic facilities. This new home base for all Eagle sports is a God-sized goal, and we need your help to achieve it.
And speaking of God-sized goals: we’re thrilled with the response to our second annual Give Day. Your extraordinary generosity helped raise over $140,000 on March 25. These gifts to the annual fund provide for the success of OKWU’s mission. Our hearts are grateful for your support.
We look forward to continuing to connect with our OKWU alumni. Though we hosted our first-ever virtual Homecoming ceremony last year, we’re excited for the opportunity to have an in-person celebration at Homecoming 2021. Mark your calendars for October 8-9 as we connect again.
Thank you for your prayers and your support in the next school year. The future really is bright! Give OKWU a try in 2021. Attend one of our Visit Days or refer a student. Join a community of believers passionately pursuing Christ together.
As we move forward, pray with me to the Lord for two things: that He will provide OKWU everything it needs, and that He will do His supernatural work in and through us. Greater things are still to come!
For the transformation of all!
President Jim Dunn
Snapshot of OKWU
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of Students Receive Financial Aid