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Barbara and Allen Gough Scholarship

After raising two children and volunteering in the community, Barbara Gough returned to school to start a new career. As a non-traditional student, Barbara brought much to the classroom as an OU student in Human Resources Development. She offered life experiences, insights, and the perspective of someone committed to helping others succeed in life. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree from Oakland in 1992, Barbara went on to earn a master’s degree from Wayne State University. 

With her concentration in training and development, Barbara held several key positions in organizations throughout southeastern Michigan. In addition, Oakland University was fortunate enough to have Barbara back on campus working as an instructor in the HRD training and development program.

Along with her husband Allen, Barbara continues to make an impact on Oakland’s campus. With their generosity, Oakland is able to award a significant scholarship to non-traditional students enrolled in the Human Resource Development program.

This award is approximately $8,500 and may be renewed if the student recipient continues to meet the eligibility requirements. The scholarship may be used for tuition and books.

Award Information

Eligibility criteria for the $8,500 Barbara and Allen Gough Scholarship:

  • Undergraduate students in Human Resource Development department
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Have previously had their studies interrupted for 2 years or more
Application for this scholarship does not need to occur at the beginning of the student's time at Oakland University. Students may have been enrolled for some time and should be currently enrolled at OU.

Examples of Interrupted Studies

Students may have many reasons and examples of interrupted studies. Interruptions may occur in the completion of high school, delay in post-secondary education or completion of college. To clarify what is meant by "interrupted studies", several examples follow. Please note that there are many more examples of interrupted studies that would be relevant, and as a result this list is not exhaustive.
  • Graduating from high school, moving on to the military for two years or more and then enrolling at Oakland University sometime later.
  • Graduating from high school and enrolling at Oakland University at least two years later.
  • Completing a GED as an adult and continuing on to study at Oakland University.
  • Completion of an associate's degree and enrolling at Oakland University at least two years later.
  • Beginning undergraduate work at Oakland University or another four-year institution, discontinuing studies for two years or more and returning to complete an undergraduate degree at Oakland University

2013 Gough recipient Biljana Ristoski with Mr. and Mrs. Gough and Interim Dean Bob Maxfield

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If you would like to contribute to the Barbara and Allen Gough Scholarship, you can give online or contact the School of Education and Human Services development office at or (248) 370-4233. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gough
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To request a paper application, email or contact the Human Resource Development office at (248) 370-4182. 

Application Deadline
February 6, 2015

Applicants are notified at the end of term prior to term in which award is to be used.

For further information, contact:
HRD Advising Office 
363 Pawley Hall
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370- 4182

2014  James Vangel
2013 Biljana Ristoski
2012 Carmelita Lathers
2011 Susan Cansiani
2010 Denise Fournier
2009 Jane Owen
Deborah Slesak
2008 Laurie Crabtree