Nov 20, 2012
By Kelee Riesbeck
The Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England of the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) has established a scholarship that will provide funding to one OHIO-bound student over four years from the New England area or to a student already enrolled in OHIO who wishes to continue his or her studies at OHIO.
The endowed Bunch of Grapes/Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England Scholarship is an answer to a call for action made to each Ohio University Alumni Association chapter and society at the Alumni Leaders Conference in 2010, said David Abram, president of the Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England.
“This scholarship helps to remind people of Ohio University’s unique connection to Massachusetts. It also pays homage to the commitment that the late Bob Axline and his wife Jean had made to the chapter,” Abram said. “It will be fulfilling for me to have produced something that will forever honor Bob and Jean, who were great mentors to me in becoming an alumni leader."
Once the scholarship is fully funded, Abram said, it will provide him with a platform for talking to prospective students at college fairs about OHIO and also about the rich presence OHIO alumni have in the New England area.
The scholarship is a gift toward The Promise Lives Campaign which seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015, and already has secured more than $411 million toward its goal in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities at Ohio University.
The generosity shown by this OUAA chapter is not unique and serves as a good example of the kind of generosity toward the Campaign that OHIO alumni have demonstrated, said Interim Senior Director for Alumni Relations Dawn Werry.
“I work with many chapters who support students from their region with scholarship funding,” Werry said. “The fact that this scholarship was originally initiated by David and the late Bob Axline makes it very special. Jean Axline also has committed to the scholarship in Bob's memory, and continues to generously support OHIO through this scholarship and through gifts for the Monomoy Theatre, specifically. We can’t thank our loyal alumni enough for their support of OHIO through important initiatives like this.”
Once it’s fully endowed, about $1,000 in scholarship funds will be available each year. Students eligible for the Bunch of Grapes/Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England Scholarship must have a permanent address in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or Connecticut. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.5 either at Ohio University or, if newly enrolled, from their high school or a prior institution. Incoming freshman must be in the top 20 percent of his or her high school class.
To make a gift to the Bunch of Grapes/Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England Scholarship, contact The Ohio University Foundation at 800-592-FUND or firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks may be made payable to The Ohio University Foundation (be sure to write “Bunch of Grapes Scholarship” in the notes section) and sent to the foundation at P.O. Box 869, Athens, Ohio 45701. Gifts also can be made online at www.ohio.edu/give.