ORU Receives $1 Million Donation

Michael Armand Hammer of the Armand Hammer Foundation, a member of the Oral Roberts University Board of Trustees, and his wife, Dru (Mobley) Hammer, gave a $1 million gift to the Whole Person Scholarship Fund.
Contributions to the Whole Person Scholarship Fund are matched dollar for dollar which means $2 million will be added to the scholarship fund. The $2 million will then be matched through the Renewing the Vision Campaign, an ORU Board initiative, toward the remaining debt. When the match is received, this will bring ORU’s debt from $55 million a little over a year ago down to approximately $2.5 million through the campaign.
“God is doing some amazing things at Oral Roberts University and it truly is the best time to give to the university. We are overjoyed to provide the opportunity for more students to attend ORU and receive an outstanding, whole-person education,” said Michael Hammer.
“We are extremely grateful for this gift and excited about what it will do for ORU. We are also thankful to all the donors who have helped us come so far in such a short time,” said Ralph Fagin, ORU interim president.
The Whole Person Scholarship is awarded to select incoming freshman and transfer students – nominated by their school or church officials – who are spiritually alive, intellectually alert, physically disciplined, socially adept, and on their way to becoming professionally competent. The one-year, full-tuition scholarship is valued at close to $20,000 and students will be eligible to renew the scholarship each year if they continue to maintain a “whole-person lifestyle.” The 31 recipients of the 2009 Whole Person Scholarship were recently announced.

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