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Hanly Mann, seen here at his 1966 graduation, inspired his daughters to give back to OHIO.

Photo courtesy of: The Mann Family

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Julie Mann, Lisa Mann McCormick and Caroline Mann created a scholarship for women in engineering

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Three sisters create endowed scholarship in honor of their father’s legacy


The Mann family proves that Bobcat pride runs deep. Sisters Julie Mann, Lisa Mann McCormick and Caroline Mann all attended Ohio University, following in the footsteps of their father, Hanly Mann.

“He always talked about OHIO and what it meant to him,” Lisa Mann McCormick said.

Hanly Mann graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from OHIO’s College of Engineering and Technology. In March 2000, he passed away while Julie Mann and Lisa Mann McCormick were still in school.

It is because of their father’s legacy at OHIO that the three sisters created the Hanly Mann Scholarship for Women in Engineering. Julie explained that because of her father’s desire to see women succeed in male-dominated profession; it made sense to create a fund specifically to benefit women in engineering.

“Women in the professional sphere were always important to my father,” Caroline Mann said.

The scholarship also is a testament to the sisters’ passion for OHIO and the experiences they had during their college careers. Julie Mann called it the best four years of her life, while Lisa Mann McCormick mentioned that she wouldn’t hesitate to go back if she could.

Caroline Mann said that her “Journalism and the World Wide Web” class changed her life.

“I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that that class changed my entire career path…because of that class, I’ve worked on the web ever since,” she said.

The effect Ohio University had on all three sisters is still quite apparent. After moving to Charlotte, N.C., Julie Mann quickly became involved with the alumni community and began contributing to the Carolinas Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2003 and provides scholarship support for incoming students from either North or South Carolina. Later, she proposed the Hanly Mann Scholarship to her sisters, who both immediately jumped on board.

“Julie’s my inspiration,” Lisa Mann McCormick said. “The passion she has for her alumni work inspired me to get more involved.”

The sisters all agree that the opportunities OHIO offers are endless. They advised students to take advantage of what the University has to give and enjoy themselves in the process. Caroline Mann explained that by giving back to OHIO, she hopes to provide other students with the same chance she had.

“I look back at my time in Athens as really transformational. I wanted to make sure that OHIO could transform another woman’s life, too,” she said.