Melissa Arnold and Ron Minto

Melissa Arnold and Ron Minto, vice president for Student Senate Society of Alumni and Friends, enjoy the first-ever BBQ on College Green.

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Melissa Arnold, Julie Mann Keppner, Jenn Neubauer and Bob Wolfinger gather at the Alumni Leadership Awards Gala during "On the Green Weekend" this past spring.

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Communications grad gives back to beloved alma mater

For many students, four years at Ohio University just isn’t enough. The great food, better people and signature brick streets become a home to them. And while most leave the campus behind after graduation, some can’t seem to shake the Bobcat bug.

For Melissa Wervey Arnold, a 1999 Public Relations graduate and avid OHIO enthusiast, the years after graduation had her missing the days of eating Beer Cheese Soup at The Pub, serving on student senate and the sisterhood of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

In an effort to make her mark on the University she loves, Wervey Arnold and her husband Kevin have established the Wervey Arnold Family Scholarship, to benefit students in the Scripps College of Communication.

Wervey Arnold has spent much of her time after graduation being actively involved with her alma mater—including six years of service on the Ohio University Alumni Association Board.

“It’s nice to come back to Athens anyway, but it’s always cool to come back when I have a purpose,” she said.

The Wervey Arnold Family Scholarship is open to undergraduate students enrolled in Scripps College who demonstrate financial need and academic merit. A tribute to her love of OHIO, the scholarship is a way for her to reconnect with the college of communication and also honors her parents who played an instrumental role in her college education.

“My parents worked two jobs to make sure I could afford to be at OHIO,” she said. “They were such an integral part of me being able to go to college and I wanted to honor them too. Through me, they were able to get the college experience they never had.”

Wervey Arnold’s gift is part of OHIO’s The Promise Lives Campaign, which reached its goal of $450 million in support of students, faculty, programs, outreach and facilities in April—14 months ahead of the June 30, 2015 deadline. Having secured more than $464.4 million, the Campaign will continue through June 2015 and focus on increasing scholarship gifts.

The Undergraduate Scholarship Matching Program played a significant part in Wervey Arnold’s decision to give monetarily. Through this program, donations are matched $.50 on the dollar to provide matching funds for existing scholarships and new scholarships established beginning July 1, 2013. Through the matching program, giving back becomes easier for young alumni who wish to pledge a commitment to the University.

“The matching program provided a great opportunity for my family to contribute,” she said. “We knew if we could help someone experience what I experienced at OHIO, that would mean the world to us.”

As for her future with OHIO, Melissa is sure that the university will always play a special role in her family’s lives.

“My husband and I have our eight-year-old daughter and ten year-old-son sporting green and white as often as possible,” she said. “My kids always say, ‘I want to go to Ohio University too!’”