BCBS Donates to OSU-Tulsa

HEALTH EDUCATION: OSU-Tulsa recently received a gift of $250,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield to improve the health and wellness of those in the state. Photographed is OSU-Tulsa Dean of College of Education Pamela Fry.

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma recently announced a partnership that will prepare students to be leaders in improving the health and wellness of Oklahomans.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma pledged $250,000 to -Tulsa for scholarships and the creation of a lab for students studying health education and promotion.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma President Bert Marshall says the gift is a result of the company’s commitment to a brighter, stronger and healthier future for all Oklahomans.

“We know that education is vital to improving public health, increasing disease prevention and lowering medical care costs. As corporations take a more active role in the health of their employees, there is a growing need for skilled health education professionals to lead wellness programs,” Marshall says. “Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma is proud to invest in high quality graduates who will inspire healthy changes in our society and improve the quality of life for many Oklahomans.”

-Tulsa will create the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Health and Human Performance Lab with $150,000 of the gift. The funds will be used to purchase $50,000 in new lab equipment and create a $100,000 endowment that will provide ongoing maintenance to the lab.

The remaining $100,000 of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma gift will create student scholarships and will be matched at a rate of two-to-one by alumnus T. Boone Pickens as part of the $100 million Pickens Legacy Scholarship Match program. Therefore, when fully funded, the scholarship portion of the gift will provide $300,000 in endowed scholarship funds for -Tulsa students.

Updated 12-18-2010

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