College of Liberal Arts: Ways to Give: Hour for an Hour

UCO Invites Supporters to Sponsor One Credit Hour for a Student at Scholarship Luncheon

In January 2008, the UCO College of Liberal Arts officially announced the creation of the Finney Scholarship Fund, which honors our founding dean, Dr. Frank Finney, Jr., and provides Liberal Arts’ students with essential scholarship dollars.

Dr. Frank Finney was known as a dedicated and outstanding teacher, a skilled administrator and a loyal staff member. Dr. Finney joined Central State University in 1959 as Assistant Professor of English. In 1965, he was selected Chairman of the English Department, and in 1971 he became the first dean of the newly-formed College of Liberal Arts, a position he held until his death in 1984. Dr. Finney was passionate about developing the creative potential of students and giving them a sound background in their academic disciplines and laid the ground work for the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Liberal Arts.

In March 2010, the "An Hour for an Hour" Scholarship Event, featuring our student scholarship recipients, was created to increase scholarship dollars at a "one credit hour ask" event where guests have the opportunity to hear from our scholarship recipients about how much the alumni and community’s support has positively impacted their lives.

Since the inception of the event, the College of Liberal Arts has raised more than $110,000 -- or about $22,000 a year.

Tough economic times call for creative measures, so leaders in the College of Liberal Arts knew it was time to come up with something quick, clever and simple to help provide student scholarships.

If someone would just pay for one college credit hour -- what a help, many said. If only people could meet the students and hear their stories, others noted. If we could just have an hour to tell these stories, make these connections, help these students with their tuition costs...

Thus the idea was born -- "An Hour for an Hour," the College of Liberal Arts’ first such scholarship luncheon, a one-hour event, maximum!

The College of Liberal Arts will be hosting a "Happy Hour for an Hour" event 4:30–7 p.m. August 18, 2016 at the Wantland Stadium Suites. Register here

The traditional "An Hour for an Hour" luncheon will be 12-1 p.m. September 15, 2016 in the Nigh University Center Ballrooms. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lea Morgan, Development Manager, at or 405-974-3782.

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