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Charles “Chuck” and Marilyn Stuckey cheer on the Bobcats during an OHIO versus OSU football game with the help of Rufus, Ohio University’s mascot.

Photographer: Luke Potter

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Marilyn and Charles “Chuck” Stuckey pose at the entrance of the Academic & Research Center during the center’s grand opening in 2010.

Photographer: Octavio Jones

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Stalwart OHIO supporter funds student scholarships for the University’s Promise Lives Campaign

Alumnus and tireless volunteer gives $2 million to provide opportunity and access to Ohio University


Charles "Chuck" Stuckey and his wife Marilyn are no strangers to Ohio University – nor are they unfamiliar with giving back to his alma mater. The Stuckeys' most recent gift – $2 million toward the University's The Promise Lives Campaign – will go to four separate student scholarships, including one for the regional campus that gave Charles Stuckey his start.

The scholarships, to be awarded in fall 2012, will provide access and opportunity to a college degree for selected students enrolling in the Russ College and the College of Arts and Sciences, and on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus (see sidebar).

Previous donations include a lead gift for the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and Charles R. and Marilyn Y. Stuckey Academic and Research Center; the establishment of The Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Marilyn Stuckey Jr. Professorship and the Charles and Marilyn Stuckey-Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award, both in the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology; and countless other donations that support not only scholarships but also the OHIO student experience.

Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin says the Academic and Research Center, which is the Russ College's primary learning facility, would not have been possible without the Stuckeys.

"Not only have Chuck and Marilyn provided a world-class environment for our students to study and learn in, but now, they have ensured the presence of promising students who will take advantage of it," Irwin said.

Originally from Lancaster, Ohio, Charles Stuckey began his college career at the Lancaster campus while working full-time for the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. He later commuted to Athens while working part-time jobs to finish his degree in mechanical engineering in 1966. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University in 2005.

One of the newly established scholarships benefits a Lancaster campus student studying either engineering, mathematics or any of the natural sciences.

"This is a wonderful example of giving back to your community," said Dean of the Lancaster Campus James Smith. "The first recipients and the many that will follow will benefit from their academic preparation and the Stuckey's generosity."

This scholarship gift represents one of the largest campaign gifts to a regional campus.
 
"The main reason we established The Charles R. & Marilyn Y. Stuckey Ohio University Lancaster Campus Scholarship is because we know how critical the branch was to me in attending college when we didn't have the funds to attend full-time," said Charles Stuckey. "It was one of the biggest things that enabled me to earn a college degree and helped to launch my career… having the branch opportunity."

Charles Stuckey has volunteered extensively and in many capacities for Ohio University for more than a decade, serving on several boards and committees and as a guest speaker for students. Most recently, he provided the keynote address for "ITS Day" in the J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunications Systems on May 10.

Charles Stuckey is a trustee emeritus of The Ohio University Board of Trustees, a member of the Russ College's Board of Visitors and Robe Leadership Institute Advisory Board, and is chair of The Promise Lives Campaign Steering Committee.

He is recognized as a member of the Russ College Academy of Distinguished Graduates, and in 2010 was awarded The John C. Baker Founder's Award, the greatest honor given by The Ohio University Foundation.

Stuckey was chairman, president and CEO of RSA Security Inc., until 2003 and was director on the board until 2006 when RSA was acquired by EMC Corp. RSA is a leading supplier of technology and products for user authentication and for securing transactions on the Internet.

The Promise Lives Campaign is Ohio University's $450 million capital campaign that supports students, faculty, facilities, outreach and the student experience. As of April 30, the University had raised more than $388 million toward its goal.

To learn more or to make a contribution to The Promise Lives Campaign for Ohio University, visit the website at www.ohio.edu/campaign.

A history of generosity

The Stuckeys contributed funds to support four student scholarships during The Promise Lives Campaign:

  • The Stuckey-Manasseh Cutler Scholar Award, to benefit a student enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences whose major is either mathematics or any of the natural sciences. This scholarship supports the Manasseh Cutler Scholars Program.

  • The Charles R. & Marilyn Y. Stuckey Appalachian Scholarship, to benefit a student studying in the Russ College. This scholarship supports the Appalachian Scholars Programs.

  • The Charles R. & Marilyn Y. Stuckey Urban Scholarship, to benefit a student studying in the Russ College. This scholarship supports the Urban Scholars Programs.

  • The Charles R. & Marilyn Y. Stuckey Ohio University Lancaster Campus Scholarship, to benefit graduates from a Lancaster, Ohio, high school or a Fairfield County high school who attend the Ohio University Lancaster Campus or Pickerington Center, and who major in either industrial technology (engineering), mathematics (computer science) or any of the natural sciences. This year’s recipients are Zachary Jardine and Kameron Starr, both of Lancaster.