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Grant-Funded Initiatives Supporting Academic Work

The Academic Grants Office (AGO) seeks to enrich the educational experience at Southern Nazarene University by enhancing the university’s resources for providing quality instruction, support for student success, undergraduate research, scholarships and internships, and faculty development.

AGO also partners with nonprofits in our community through collaborative grant projects, grant writing classes where students prepare grant proposals on behalf of local nonprofits, and periodic workshops and consulting.  SNU is directly connected to over 100 nonprofits in our community through students and employee volunteerism, alumni employment, and church relationships.

Almost $13 million from federal and foundation grants have been secured to support academic programs at SNU since 2000. Current grants include the Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS) program, TRiO Student Support Services and Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, NASA Space Grant, NSF RUI, and Butterfield Consortium Internship.  SNU was also recently awarded a collaborative grant through the Oklahoma EPSCOR ROA program.  Current and recent foundation funders include the Kerr Foundation, Inc.; the Kirkpatrick Foundation, Inc.; the Meinders Foundation;; the D’Addario Foundation; and the Ad Astra Foundation.

Grants from these federal agencies and foundations have supported college-wide initiatives, faculty research, student programs, and community outreach and events, including the following:

SNU Honors Students Win Grants for Local Public School 

NASA and SNU Partner to Develop Scientists

SNU Student Serves in Christian Pre-Healthcare Provider Internship

SNU Participate in TRiO Day

To read more about major grant programs that are now completed, please see AGO grant highlights page.

AGO provides both pre-award and post-award services and assists faculty members and academic administrators in identifying possible funders, preparing proposals, and managing and reporting for funded awards.  Pre-award services include identifying federal, corporate, and foundation sources of funding, preparing and reviewing proposals, acquiring institutional information, preparing supporting documents, developing approved budgets, establishing partnerships, and submitting grant applications.

Post-award services include award acceptance, budget revisions, and compliance and reporting. Project Directors/Principal Investigators receive direct support from AGO, not only for the duration of the grant award but seeking subsequent funding and promoting a culture of grantsmanship within their departments and colleges.

Grantseeking and grant writing resources for SNU faculty and staff are regularly updated on the SNU Portal.  Links to forms, searchable databases, and information regarding proposal development are available.

AGO also maintains information on individual grant and scholarship resources for prospective students and continuing students.

Reporting to Academic Affairs, AGO liaises with the Office of University Advancement.

AGO works closely with the offices of Institutional Research and the Institutional Review Board (IRB). SNU is a member of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

AGO staff include Dr. Gwen Ladd Hackler (, Director; Ms. Elaine Coleman, Grants Specialist; and Ms. Erin Ramsey and Ms. Brookelyn Crouch, student assistants.  Internships are available for SNU students through the Academic Grants Office.  Contact us using the information below:

Academic Grants Office
 Herrick Auditorium, Room 325
 Southern Nazarene University
 6729 N. W. 39th Expressway
 Bethany, OK 73008

Phone: 405.491.6696

Fax: 405.491.6659

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage