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OCCC receives largest single donor gift in college history

    (Published: 11-06-14)

Oklahoma City Community College

The family of Ralph and Jean Gamel, longtime supporters of Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC), recently donated $600,000 to the OCCC Foundation—making it the largest individual donation in the college's 42 year history.

The funds have been put into an endowment that will be used exclusively to provide OCCC students scholarships. The college will award up to 10 $1,000 Gamel Family Endowed Scholarships every fall and spring semester.

Ralph Gamel died in December 2013. His desire was to establish a scholarship in honor of Jean Gamel, his first wife who died in 2006. His hope was to change students' lives for years to come through education.

"I am happy to follow Ralph's wishes to help students at Oklahoma City Community College," said Connie Gamel, wife of Mr. Gamel.

"We are absolutely thrilled and honored to receive such a wonderful gift from the Gamel family.  This scholarship will be endowed through the Oklahoma City Community College Foundation in perpetuity," said Jennifer Harrison, director of development.  "The scholarship will assist many students at OCCC who otherwise might not be able to attend college."

Last spring, the OCCC Foundation awarded 130 scholarships to students valued at more than $60,000. The addition of the Gamel Family Endowed Scholarship will allow the college to continue its mission of providing an affordable college education to students.

For more information about the OCCC Foundation, scholarships or to donate please visit or contact Jennifer Harrison at (405) 682-7591.