Lancaster – The Ohio University Lancaster Campus' first Larry Tipton Working Student Scholar puts in 30-hour work weeks because she has a goal – to graduate college debt-free. Sara Galbraith will graduate this spring and she thinks the Tipton Scholarship will help her achieve her goal.
"I'm happy, I will leave college debt-free and I have no regrets of working while going to school," said Galbraith.
To be eligible for the scholarship, Lancaster businessman and Buffalo Wild Wings Owner Larry Tipton required students to be working a full-time or part-time job and have a strong recommendation from a current employer. He made the scholarship open to students who graduated from a high school within Fairfield County or contiguous counties and wanted students to be majoring in business, education, communications or marketing.
Galbraith is majoring in Organizational Communication, while working at the Buffalo Wild Wings location in Canal Winchester and doing an internship at a Columbus radio station. She is very busy, but finds a way to balance it all.
"I'm responsible for my school. I'm responsible for my life. I wouldn't have it any other way. It keeps me busy and the times I get to sit down and relax, it's great. I appreciate it more," said Galbraith. "It's taught me how to set schedules, how to balance things, how to be a good employee in multiple different perspectives, how to continue learning. That's something I want to keep as a life process. I don't want that to end."
The Pickerington native said her boyfriend heard about the scholarship and encouraged her to apply. She hoped to get it because she was no longer eligible for the scholarship she got when she first came to Ohio University Lancaster.
"I was pretty well set on going to Kent State and then O.U. Lancaster offered me the freshman/sophomore achievement and paid for half of the already reasonable tuition and I couldn't pass that up," said Galbraith. "I love my mom. I love my cat. I love my friends. When I got that scholarship it just solidified that home was where I wanted to be."
As she got further into her degree, the achievement scholarship was no longer an option.So, when she heard about the Tipton scholarship, she got really excited. But, she worried that since she works at a restaurant location that Tipton owns, she would be overlooked.
"It was a worry of mine when I applied for it. I didn't realize there was a scholarship committee. Since I work under him, I worried I may not get it. When I found out there was a scholarship committee, I thought maybe my odds went up. I work pretty hard for my 3.85 GPA," said Galbraith.
Galbraith has worked at Buffalo Wild Wings for about two years. After she found out she got the scholarship, she wanted to thank Tipton, but it did not go exactly how she planned.
"He came into the Canal store and I was dressed up as the buffalo doing some promotion for the grand opening for the remodel of Canal," said Galbraith. "So, when I first met Larry, I was in the buffalo suit that he provided for our store. I did eventually get to thank him real-face to real-face."
Galbraith hopes to do promotions and marketing when she graduates from college.