When the University of Oklahoma hit students and their parents with higher tuition costs, OU President David L. Boren pledged to put more effort into raising scholarship money.

That was one campaign promise the former senator and governor seems to be fulfilling. In less than a year, the university has raised about $27 million in cash and pledges toward its $50 million Scholarship Endowment Campaign that was envisioned to take five years.

"We are determined that in spite of the pressure of costs and tuition increases over the past few years that OU will remain affordable and will keep open the door of opportunity for all qualified students. Providing additional scholarships for our students is the number one priority for the university," Mr. Boren said in a statement earlier this month.

Raising money for scholarship endowments is vastly different from buildings, endowed professorships or athletic programs. Donors may never meet the recipients, but they should be assured their money is being put to good use, educating future generations of OU students.

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