Public Service Company of Oklahoma Contributions
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) is dedicated to supporting our state’s growth and development. For more than a century PSO has provided Oklahomans with reliable electric power at competitive prices. We also demonstrate commitment to our customers and communities through corporate philanthropy, volunteerism, and support for economic development.
Improving education outcomes is an important focus for PSO – with special emphasis on Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) initiatives. We’re now in the second year of the PSO and AEP Foundation Credits CountSM program in partnership with the Tulsa Community College Foundation on behalf of urban schools within the Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) district. Credits Count provides funding for hundreds of TPS students to explore STEM fields and gain college credits while in high school. Credits Count also helps high school students prepare to study college-level courses and earn credits that count toward a certificate in a STEM-related career or a college degree in STEM-related fields.
Additionally, for more hands-on experiential learning we provide grants to high school and middle school robotics teams, and to teachers for bringing STEM into classrooms.
Joining with key partners across Oklahoma, PSO recognizes the importance of early learning as a foundation for success in school. Our sixth annual Bright Start, Right Start Preschool Teacher Science Workshop was conducted last summer to incorporate science into the preschool curriculum. We also partner with teachers in our service areas to enrich reading and math programs.
PSO is proud to have three formal Partners in Education within the Tulsa Public Schools District for whom we provide resources and volunteers that help address their needs. At the Bunche Early Childhood Development Center, our employees read to the preschoolers every Friday. At Chouteau Elementary, our employees serve as math tutors and mentors. At Central Junior-Senior High School, we provide classroom speakers, college visits, STEM experiences, arts and culture performance experiences, and underwrite a Leadership Central program to prepare students for post-high school. Outside the classroom, we also support early learning by sponsoring Week of the Young Child activities throughout our service areas.
To recognize and encourage community engagement, our PSO CONNECTS program provides mini-grants to nonprofit organizations and schools where employees and retirees volunteer.
Beyond employee volunteerism, PSO provides financial support to many organizations that contribute to the well-being and vitality of our communities. We also award grants from the AEP Foundation to education, human services and arts endeavors. In 2016, PSO’s contributions to nonprofits and economic development, plus AEP Foundation grants on behalf of PSO, totaled more than $930,000…including pre-K through higher education, basic human needs, arts and culture, and mini-grants to community organizations for economic development efforts.
Some other recent examples of our giving include:
- Nearly $28,000 in grants from the AEP Foundation to 27 high school and middle school robotics programs across our Oklahoma service areas.
- A $25,000 AEP Foundation grant to the “My Museum” art program at Philbrook Museum for elementary school children from underserved areas of Tulsa.
- A PSO donation of over $15,000 to Oklahoma FFA for scholarships and leadership development statewide.
- PSO grants totaling $16,000 to selected towns and community entities to enable economic development and capacity building.
- A $10,000 PSO grant to the Oklahoma State University Foundation for the Engineering Energy Laboratory located on its campus in Stillwater.
- A $10,000 grant from PSO to Oklahoma Wesleyan University for the Bartlesville-based school’s student scholarship fund.
- PSO contributions totaling $10,000 to community event sponsorships for Oklahoma AEP-PSO Employee Resource Groups member participation.
This report lists the nonprofit organizations, programs and community events that received a donation from us at a level of $100 or more in 2016.
We have been honored recently with significant recognition for our community engagement. We were presented our 3rd consecutive Mosaic Award by the Tulsa Regional Chamber for PSO’s achievements in diversity and inclusion. We also were honored to receive the Community Impact Award from the Jenks Chamber of Commerce.
Our company is committed to continuing our significant role in Oklahoma’s growth, development and quality of life, in part by contributing to the success of important community organizations and programs. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and work together to create a bright future for our state.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Public Service Company of Oklahoma