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Susan Ackerman

ONCA celebrating 15 years of helping to provide life-changing opportunities to OHIO students

Tucked away in the offices at 35 Park Place on Ohio University’s Athens Campus is the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA). It’s a relatively small office but one that helps deliver life-changing and career-enhancing opportunities to the students it serves.  Read More

Susan Ackerman

Alumnus supports OHIO's Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Program and continues a tradition of community service

The restaurant, hotel and tourism industry is one of today’s fastest growing industries. To keep pace with the demand for industry professionals, Ohio University alumnus Rennick Andreoli and his wife, Dee, established the Rennick A. and Dee Andreoli Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Scholarship and have also provided support funding for the Patton College of Education’s Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Program.  Read More





Susan Ackerman

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.  Read More


Susan Ackerman

Alumna with strong ties to OHIO, Athens, supports University’s Appalachian Scholars Program

Having grown up in Athens, Ohio, Susan Ackerman understands how fortunate she was to be able to attend Ohio University after high school. In recognition of that opportunity, Ackerman, who graduated in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in education, established the Ackerman Appalachian Scholarship.  Read More








Bill Brand


Scripps Alumnus establishes endowed scholarship in honor of friends he lived with at OHIO

Bill Brand of Williamsville, N.Y., who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1987 from Ohio University, visited campus this past weekend to announce the establishment of the 73 West State Award, a two-year renewable scholarship for Scripps College students, in honor of the friends he lived with at 73 West State Street while a student at Ohio University.  Read More


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A tradition of giving that began with a love story

Alan Riedel began his undergraduate career at Ohio University in the fall of 1948. He was awarded a full-tuition scholarship, which at the time was $45.

He chose to attend OHIO because it was close to home - a decision that has influenced his entire life.  Read More


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OHIO Alumnus and faculty emeritus surprises wife with scholarship in her honor

Wondering what to get a loved one for his or her birthday or Valentine’s Day this year? How about an endowed scholarship in their name?

That is exactly what two-time OHIO alumnus and Professor Emeritus of Health Sciences Cliff Houk did to honor his wife, Evelyn, after 58 years of marriage.  Read More


Denice Korcal

Alumna has 28 years of continuous
giving- and counting

When Denice Korcal left Ohio University in 1984, she did so with an interesting mission: she decided she would give back to the University at least as much as she received in financial assistance as a student.

Twenty-eight years and nearly four-dozen donations later, Korcal is persistent in fulfilling her mission.  Read More







Michael Swackhamer

Gift from OHIO alumnus brings regional campus student to Athens

There are plenty of brilliant young minds that simply need an opportunity to come their way at the right time and place. Such an opportunity materialized for one deserving student with the creation of The Mr. John A. Long Scholarship.

The full scholarship is funded annually and provides an engineering student with the opportunity to transfer from an Ohio University regional campus to the main campus in Athens. The student must show a financial need and be maintaining a 3.0 G.P.A.  Read More



Mich Hein

Mich Hein helps fund research apprenticeships

Mich Hein said that he was "fundamentally bored" with his first-year classes and he considered leaving college to explore other opportunities. When he joined Honors Tutorial College (HTC) as a sophomore, however, he found the rigorous material, intimate relationships and engaging research opportunities that sparked his scientific career.  Read More




Ada Margaret Wilson Saviers

In his own words:
Teachers are miracles

Teachers take facts and wisdom and transfer them to others. They spark the fire of curiosity that leads to the development of our common life together. My mother was a teacher and very much a miracle. It is in her honor that I established a Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education scholarship to benefit pre-service teachers.  Read More