Special to The Sun
AT&T Oklahoma awarded $15,000 to Oklahoma Christian University to assist in funding its Bridge program, which provides academic and emotional support for underprepared freshmen students. The gift was made during an ceremony Monday afternoon on the OC campus. AT&T made a previous donation of $15,000 in 2011.
“We are incredibly appreciative of AT&T’s continued generosity to our Bridge students,” said OC President John deSteiguer. “We want every student to succeed, and this gift helps ensure they have the tools to do so.”
At the ceremony, students Karissa Wheeler and Sarah Radell spoke of the positive difference the Bridge program has made in their college studies. Wheeler is a senior Edmond resident originally from Chicago, while Radell is a sophomore from Prague, Okla.
The university’s Bridge program helps students whose secondary education has not fully prepared them for college. It provides these students with special tutoring, developmental classes, instruction in time management and study skills, career counseling, guidance and mentoring. Many of the students are the first-generation of their families to attend college, and others often come from low-income families.
The program began in 2006 with 13 students and has more than 100 students today. Just a few years ago, OC was one of only two colleges in the state recognized in the Center for Student Opportunity’s College Access and Opportunity Guide, which highlights supportive college environments for low-income, first generation students.