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Alexis Chambers, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, poses in front of Roman ruins in Morocco during s study abroad experience.

Photo courtesy of: Alexis Chambers

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1804 Fund Projects Provide Opportunities, Research


Seed funding for innovative projects opens the door for new possibilities to impact students’ academic experiences. OHIO’s 1804 Fund grant program provides the resources to get these unique ideas and initiatives off the ground.

Through OHIO’s 1804 Fund, Alexis Chambers, a third-year Political Science student, earned the opportunity of a lifetime to study abroad in Meknes, Morocco last summer. OHIO’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) helped her navigate the application process to compete for a nationally competitive scholarship for talented students with limited financial means study abroad. Alexis says she is “grateful for the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards staff because they allowed me to take full advantage of a very rewarding experience…. Through private gifts from OHIO alumni and friends, students like me can realize dreams never thought possible.”

ONCA is one of the many successful projects that got its start with a grant from The 1804 Fund. This office helps OHIO students apply for prestigious nationally competitive awards such as the Fulbright Scholarship, the Rhodes Scholarship and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

The 1804 Fund was established within The Ohio University Foundation to support the University's core mission of maintaining, strengthening, and enhancing a learning-centered community. The Fund promotes collaboration among units and focuses its support through two fund categories:

Undergraduate Learning and Faculty Research & Graduate Studies.

With increased competition for external funding for projects, The 1804 Fund initiatives benefit the University’s research infrastructure and learning environment, thus enabling discovery and knowledge to flourish. 1804 Fund projects are unique in that the criteria for funding are not only measured on the merits of the proposal, but also on the long-term impact on the University.

For the 2013 academic year, the Ohio University Foundation Board’s 1804 Grants and Funding Committee has awarded $265,475 for faculty research and graduate student research projects and $215,475 to 11 projects for undergraduate learning. For more information about the 1804 Fund, click here.