The History of Classified Senate Scholarships
At the 1993 Classified Staff Advisory Council Retreat, members discussed ways that the organization could contribute to the university community. It was suggested that CSAC could endow a scholarship to assist undergraduate students in the advancement of their education. Teresa Holland, secretary in the School of Dance, presented the idea of a coverlet featuring historic campus building and artists’ renderings of the five regional campuses, the Marching 110 and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The 100% cotton coverlets went on sale in early 1994 and were an immediate hit! Within a few short months, over 2,300 coverlets had been sold with an additional 1,500 ordered! What started as an idea to raise funds to endow one annual scholarship, evolved into a highly successful sales campaign that quickly netted more than $60,000 that endowed four annual scholarships.
Classified Staff Advisory Council (CSAC) Academic Scholarship
This scholarship is for an undergraduate, full-time (16 hours per semester) student at the Athens campus. Upperclass applicants must meet University established scholarship criteria and have a 3.4 grade point average, plus have 48 credit hours by the end of their freshman year. Freshman applicants must have an ACT score of 28, a SAT score of 1170, and be in the top 20 percent of their high school class.
Classified Staff Advisory Council (CSAC) Employee Scholarship
This scholarship is for the spouse or child(ren), as defined by the University Policy for employee fee, of current, retired, or disabled employees. Applicants must be an undergraduate, full-time (16 hours per semester) student at the Athens or any regional campus. Applicants must meet University established scholarship criteria and have a 3.4 grade point average. Applicants should check with the Athens Student Financial Aid office for their deadline to submit a copy of their Regional Campus Scholarship application.
Classified Staff Advisory Council (CSAC) Regional Campus Scholarship
This scholarship is for undergraduate, full-time (12 hours per semester) student at a regional campus. Applicant must meet university established scholarship criteria and have a 3.4 grade point average. Applicants should check with the Athens Student Financial Aid office for their deadline to submit a copy of their Regional Campus Scholarship applications. Scholarships will be awarded at a regional campus in the following order: Chillicothe (1st year), Easter (Belmont) (2nd year), Lancaster (3rd year), Southern (Ironton) (4th year), and Zanesville (5th year). If there are no applicants who meet the criteria for this scholarship at the current year’s campus, it will be offered to the next campus.
Classified Staff Advisory Council (CSAC) Non-Traditional Scholarship
This scholarship is for an Ohio resident, non-traditional student, defined as being 26 years or older, with an established financial need as determined by their application for Federal Student Aid. Applicants must be full-time (12 hours per semester) undergraduate student, at the Athens or any regional campus, with a 2.5 grade point average.
Classified Senate (CS) Multicultural Scholarship for Appalachian Students
This scholarship is for an Ohio resident from the following Appalachian counties: Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, or Washington counties. Applicants must be an American minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American or Asian American/Pacific Islander) full-time junior or senior student with an established financial need and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. This scholarship is for one year and is non-renewable.
On October 17, 1996, four Ohio University students were recognized as the first recipients of the new scholarships. The scholarships and recipients were:
CSAC Employee Scholarship was awarded to Travis Campbell of Flouster, a sophomore biological sciences/physical therapy major on the Athens campus with a 3.62 GPA.
CSAC Regional Campus Scholarship was awarded to Cheryl Msith of Leesburg, a junior geology major on the Chillicothe campus with a 3.66 GPA.
CSAC Academic Scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Maurer of Westerville, a sophomore business major on the Athens campus with a 3.94 GPA.
CSAC Non-Traditional Scholarship was awarded to Marilyn Eitel of Chillicothe, a senior psychology major on the Chillicothe campus with a 3.67 GPA.
Classified Senate Multicultural Scholarship for Appalachian Students was awarded in 2005 to the first recipient, Janelle Nichols.
Since 1996, Ohio University's Classified Senate has awarded over 60 scholarships. We are extremely proud that for the past several years we have been able to award five $1,000 scholarships. Classified Senate continues to fund these five scholarships by selling not only the original green & white coverlet, but a full-color coverlet, limited edition pillows, a stuffed Bobcat animal, and jewelry.
Cody Hanning, Employee
Whitney Mitchell, Mulitcultural
Tasha Headley, Regional (Eastern)
Brittany Swint, Academic
Guinevere Whitford, Non-Traditional
Jason Depeel, Employee
Madison Lopez, Multicultural
Stephanie Verdow, Regional (Lancaster)
Breck Willis, Academic
Eric Mannon, Non-Traditional
The Classified Senate tent May 2013 Commencement ceremonies.