When you touched down at Ohio University for the first time, did you fall in love right away with the state’s first university because of the pristine campus, the spirited community, or the “OHIO vibe” you’d probably heard about? Maybe cupid’s arrow struck during a college visit, or maybe it hit during fall quarter (or semester) when you suddenly felt right at home while surrounded by the electric fall colors.
Abby Stauffenger, a senior management information systems major from North Canton, Ohio, used to visit Athens with her family to see her older brothers, Max and Sam, both Ohio University alumni. When she applied to the university, she was offered a scholarship and enrolled.
“There are countless things I love about Ohio University, but No. 1 would have to be the people,” Stauffenger says. "OHIO has a way of attracting diverse, interesting and exciting people and making us feel like we’re one big family.”
Stauffenger attributes a pivotal part of her success to the financial help the scholarship offered and the requirements she had to fulfill upon accepting it.
“My scholarship came with a program called Copeland Scholars, which held weekly meetings my freshman year. This opened many doors for me, and is the main reason I am so involved in my college,” she says. “It opened up my eyes to the world of business, too, and really kick-started my learning. It also provided me with a networking trip to Chicago my freshman year.
“All of these factors gave me strong motivation to stay focused on my academics and helped me become a well-rounded individual.”
Attracting focused and engaged students like Stauffenger is a founding goal of Ohio University. To that end, the university not only invests in keeping its idyllic campuses beautiful, maintaining academic excellence and encouraging diversity, but also invests in garnering scholarship support for students who dream of realizing their promise, whether it’s to become a teacher, a doctor, an entrepreneur or a TV anchor.
While family visits to Athens influenced Stauffenger’s decision to attend Ohio University, she says the scholarship sealed the deal.
“My brothers' attendance and the beautiful campus drew me here, but once I received the scholarship, I knew Ohio University would be the perfect match. Through these four years, I have realized I could not be more right. I would not be the student I am today without my scholarship.”
Each year, private gifts to Ohio University provide about $3.3 million in scholarship support. To boost this amount even more, the university launched The Undergraduate Scholarship Investment Program this year — a program that will help make an Ohio University degree a reality for even more students and continue the excellence in academic programs and research realized at the university every day.
Ohio University is investing $25 million in the Undergraduate Scholarship Investment Program and will provide 50 cents for every dollar committed to eligible scholarship accounts beginning July 1, 2013. The program has four goals: to allow more students access to a degree who, without financial support, would not be able to attend; to recruit more of the best and the brightest students seeking a college degree; to provide additional endowed financial support for the university that holds value over time; and to raise awareness of the impact of scholarship fundraising.