Ohio University alumnus Dr. Jerry Mann, BS ’61, and his wife, Sue, resided in five countries over the course of their careers in healthcare, developing a passion for individual and community service and a commitment to encouraging and enabling job opportunities in the field of health sciences.
Today, the Manns are bringing that passion and commitment to Ohio University, creating a scholarship to benefit students in the College of Health Sciences and Professions.
The Dr. Jerry M. Mann and Mrs. Sue Johnson Mann Endowment will provide scholarships to full-time students who demonstrate both financial need and academic merit, with preference given to undergraduates majoring in nursing.
“We have been firm believers our whole lives in trying to give back,” said Jerry Mann, noting the couple’s desire to ease the financial barriers that may prevent young scholars from pursuing careers in health care.
“We saw how difficult it can be and what a struggle finances can be,” he said. “It’s very tough. We grew up in Appalachia without much funding on our parents’ side, and we understand how hard it is for some people to get an education.”
The Manns both grew up in Ohio’s Scioto County.
Sue Mann graduated from Minford High School and The Ohio State University and later earned a master’s degree in social work from University College Cork in Ireland. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Borneo, she embarked on a career in social work.
Jerry Mann majored in biological sciences at OHIO’s College of Arts and Sciences and went on to earn both master’s and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University, studying microbiology and immunology. The bulk of his career was spent with global pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Company where he retired from his final post in Liverpool, England.
In creating the Dr. Jerry M. Mann and Mrs. Sue Johnson Mann Endowment, Sue Mann pointed to the numerous employment opportunities available within the nursing profession.
“The future of the workforce is so unpredictable, but something in the medical field is very worthwhile,” she said. “You can move around in nursing and go almost anywhere to find a job. We value that greatly, and there are so many opportunities with a nursing background in this day and age.”
The Dr. Jerry M. Mann and Mrs. Sue Johnson Mann Endowment was created in partnership with The OHIO Match, an undergraduate scholarship investment program through which Ohio University has pledged up to $25 million to strengthen its endowed scholarship program by providing $0.50 for every dollar committed to eligible scholarship endowments. With the Manns’ $700,000 donation and the University’s matching funds, the Dr. Jerry M. Mann and Mrs. Sue Johnson Mann Endowment was created with a total of $1.05 million in funding.
About the College of Health Sciences and Professions
Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) is a place where innovative education and research happen every day. Each year, more than 3,600 students graduate from our Athens and Dublin-based campuses prepared to serve as passionate professionals who are ready to change the world. As one of the largest health-focused colleges in the country, CHSP has a growing portfolio of degree and certificate programs housed in six academic units: the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; the School of Nursing; the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; the Department of Social and Public Health; the Department of Social Work and the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies. All six connect faculty and students across multiple disciplines to explore the best approaches to addressing health and wellness in various settings. Find out more at: www.ohio.edu/chsp.