About Our Beaver Nation

Our Mission

Our Beaver Nation is dedicated to the pursuit of providing financial support for the educational and personal advancement of Oregon State University’s student-athletes, while providing superior customer service to our fans, alumni and donors.

Who We are

Our Beaver Nation is the fund raising arm of the Oregon State University athletic department. The athletic department is included in the fund raising goals of Oregon State University and the OSU Foundation’s “Campaign for OSU.”

Our Beaver Nation generates the funds necessary to pay for the costs of educating all of Oregon State’s student-athletes – who make up the 17 sports at OSU. Contributions to Our Beaver Nation are used in the following ways:

  • SCHOLARSHIPS: In-State & Out-of-State Tuition.
  • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Career Development and Life-Skills training through Leadership and Service opportunities.

By contributing to Our Beaver Nation, you are doing more than making a financial commitment in support of Oregon State’s more than 500 student-athletes. You are joining a family that is committed to working together to reach the greatest heights of success in competition, in the classroom and in the community. At Oregon State, our student-athletes are Everyday Champions who leave school prepared for the challenges that they will face after graduation. We are committed to providing our student-athletes with the resources that they need to be Everyday Champions. By supporting their cause as a member of Our Beaver Nation, you will become an Everyday Champion as well. Join us today and become a part of the Beaver family.

As the cost of attendance for student-athletes continues to rise, the need for private support is more critical than ever. Your gift to Our Beaver Nation will have a profound impact on our student-athletes by allowing them to receive the highest level of academic support as well as access to the best training and medical resources. The investment that you make in Oregon State Athletics will go well beyond the fields of competition by preparing our student-athletes for life after graduation.

Cost of Attendance Amounts

In appreciation of your gift, you will be eligible for many benefits, including priority seating for all sports. Depending on your level of giving, you can also gain access to special events, parking privileges, and other amenities. But most of all, your contribution will give a student-athlete a chance to compete and learn at Oregon State.

NCAA Rules that Apply to Booster Groups and Representatives of Athletics Interests

Institutional Control and Compliance

Institutional Control of athletics is a fundamental requirement of NCAA Legislation. Specifically, the NCAA Constitution provides that each institution shall be responsible for:

  • Insuring that members of the institution’s staff, student-athletes and other individuals or groups representing the institutions athletics interests comply with NCAA and Oregon State rules.

Rules Governing the Recruitment of Student-Athletes

  • A prospective student-athlete is defined by the NCAA as any person who has begun classes for the ninth grade.
  • A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or accepts an offer of financial aid to attend Oregon State University.
  • In general, all representatives of the institution’s athletics interest who are not employed by the Oregon State University are prohibited from contacting a prospect or prospect’s family to encourage the prospect to participate in intercollegiate athletics at OSU.

You are prohibited from:

  • Contacting a prospect in person on or off our campus.
  • Writing or telephoning a prospect or a member of the prospect’s family.
  • Making arrangements for a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or friends, to receive money or financial aid of any kind.
  • Providing transportation for a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or friends to visit our campus.
  • Providing free tickets or tickets at a reduced cost for prospects or the prospects relatives or friends to attend an athletic event.
  • Entertaining high school, prep school or community college coaches.

As a representative of the institution’s athletics interest, you are permitted to:

  • Notify our coaches about prospects in your area that may be strong additions to our teams.
  • Attend high school or two year college athletic contests or other events where prospects may compete, however, you may not contact the prospect or the prospect’s relatives.
  • Continue existing friendships with families of prospects, but you may not attempt to recruit the prospect.

Rules Governing Contacts and Benefits for Student-Athletes

In addition to regulating contact of our representatives of athletics interest with prospects, the NCAA also regulates contact with current Oregon State University student-athletes, as well as their relatives and friends.

An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of athletics interest to provide a student-athlete, prospect, or their relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. In general, you may not provide anything or make special arrangements for student-athletes and prospective student-athletes that are not available to the general student population. You should not contact current student-athletes without permission from the respective Head Coach.

Examples of prohibited extra benefits not allowed by NCAA rules, but are not limited to, are as follows:

  • Providing cash or loans in any amount, or signing or co-signing for a loan.
  • Providing gifts of any kind, including holiday gifts.
  • Providing special discounts for goods and services (e.g., car repairs, legal services, meals).
  • Providing free rent or reduced rent, housing.
  • Purchasing complimentary admissions from a student-athlete.
  • Providing an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement.

As a representative of the institution’s athletics interest, you are permitted to:

  • Provide an occasional home meal, but such activity must be approved by the respective Head Coach.
  • Provide summer employment for enrolled student-athletes.

Consequences to Boosters for NCAA Violations

Institutions are required by the NCAA to notify boosters of consequences regarding rules violations. Boosters found in violation of NCAA rules are subject to losing benefits and privileges, including season tickets.

Questions? You can contact Alex Parker, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance by calling 541-737-7495 or e-mail: alex.parker@oregonstate.edu

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A Better Oregon and Beyond

There is a vision for Oregon State Athletics that is bigger than sports. It's the mission of a university: to build a better Oregon State, a better Oregon and beyond. Our Beaver Nation is a place to look inside, see the heart that drives us, and show your support for this mission.

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