Lancaster Natives Establish Scholarship for Ohio University Lancaster Students
The scholarship is awarded to engineering, computer science and natural science students
Lancaster – A man who grew up in Lancaster and got his educational start at Ohio University Lancaster wants to give back to his community by giving OU-L students the same opportunityhe was given.
That is why Chuck Stuckey and his wife, Marilyn chose to make a gift of $400,000 to establish the Charles R. and Marilyn Y. Stuckey OU-L Scholarship for Engineering, Computer Science and Natural Sciences students on the Ohio University Lancaster campus.
Stuckey and his wife are originally from Lancaster. Chuck attended Ohio University’s 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.
“The main reason we established the scholarship is having spent two and a half years attending the branch while working full-time, we knew how critical the branch was to me in attending college when you don’t have the funds to attend full-time,” said Chuck 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.”
Stuckey earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1966, 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.
“I feel it is important to give back by enabling students who have the desire and ability, but not the resources, to continue their education after graduating high school by having the opportunity to attend the Lancaster branch,” said Stuckey.
Students from Lancaster High School or William V. Fisher Catholic High School are given preference to be awarded the scholarships available to any student in the county. The selected students must also have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and plan to study engineering, computer science or natural sciences.
This year’s recipients are Zachary Jardine and Kameron Starr, both of Lancaster.
Both of Starr’s parents graduated from Ohio University, and Kameron is happy to follow in their footsteps.
“It was a major honor. I was kind of in shock at first,” said Starr. “I was wondering how we were going to pay for it.”
The Lancaster High School student plans to study biomechanical engineering.
Jardine also will graduate from Lancaster High School this year and has been completing high school requirements, such as calculus, as part of the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program at Ohio University Lancaster. Jardine is thrilled to be able to stay in his hometown while working on his degree in mechanical engineering.
“It was a great relief knowing that I’m going to have help paying for my college,” said Jardine. “It’s closer to home. That way, with my job and everything, I don’t have to travel back and forth all the time.”
Stuckey said his scholarship is not just for those students who excel in the classroom. He wants those who are hardworking and dedicated to also have the opportunity to benefit from the scholarship.
“My hope would be that it’s not just the top performing students that get the scholarships, but also the students who have potential,” said Stuckey. “A lot of the people who are successful, and I put myself in this category, were not the top-performing students in high school.”
Both Jardine and Starr plan to start on the Lancaster campus in the fall.