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Access and Opportunity


If you accept the notion that potential exists in every young person, then you also must accept the challenge to provide those people with the opportunity to discover and develop their potential.



Steven Collier

When Urban Scholar Steven Collier, a native of Cincinnati, entered the Appalachian setting of Ohio University, his first order of business was adapting to his rural surroundings and the expectations that came with being a scholar. Steven did more than adapt. He thrived. Over the four years of his undergraduate education in telecommunications, which included an internship in New York with film director Spike Lee, he developed qualities in himself that he never dreamed were possible. He grew character and most importantly, he learned to believe in himself.

Steven’s story demonstrates what is possible when deserving students have access and opportunity. An Urban or Appalachian scholarship can be the deciding factor for capable students to select Ohio University. Many admitted students would not have access to a college education otherwise.

Join us in providing access to future students. Donate to the Global Speakers Series. Contribute to the Summer Bridge Program in which students get a second chance at college. Support our Diversity Education and Training for the generations of tomorrow.

You’ll change lives, which could change the world.


A goal of $175 million for Access and Opportunity will support many important initiatives, including those listed here. • Opportunity Scholars Endowments • Merit Scholars Endowments • Diversity Education and Training • Faculty Mentoring Program The promise of increased access and opportunity. When Urban Scholar Steven Collier, a native of Cincinnati, entered the Appalachian setting of Ohio University, his first order of business was adapting to his rural surroundings and the expectations that came with being a scholar. Steven did more than adapt. He thrived. Over the four years of his undergraduate education in telecommunications, which included an internship in New York with film director Spike Lee, he developed qualities in himself that he never dreamed were possible. He grew character and most importantly, he learned to believe in himself. • Faculty Recruitment Fund • Global Speakers Series • Student Recruitment Fund • “Summer Bridge” Program

A goal of $175 million for Access and Opportunity will support many important initiatives, including those listed here. • Opportunity Scholars Endowments • Merit Scholars Endowments • Diversity Education and Training • Faculty Mentoring Program The promise of increased access and opportunity. When Urban Scholar Steven Collier, a native of Cincinnati, entered the Appalachian setting of Ohio University, his first order of business was adapting to his rural surroundings and the expectations that came with being a scholar. Steven did more than adapt. He thrived. Over the four years of his undergraduate education in telecommunications, which included an internship in New York with film director Spike Lee, he developed qualities in himself that he never dreamed were possible. He grew character and most importantly, he learned to believe in himself. • Faculty Recruitment Fund • Global Speakers Series • Student Recruitment Fund • “Summer Bridge” Program