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Jessica Storm

Jessica Storm

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Jessica Storm receives Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and works as an advocate for women bettering their lives

Jessica Storm, a doctoral student studying Higher Education in The Patton College of Education, received an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) for 2016-17. ASF, which was founded in 1940, prepares professionals to serve and empower vulnerable people to live healthier lives and create healthier communities. 

“Being a Schweitzer Fellow has been such a meaningful experience for me,” said Storm. “It has allowed me to complete a service project as part of my doctoral program and allowed me to dive deeper into educational access and opportunity in my community.”

Storm performed her fellowship work at Dress for Success (DFS) Columbus, which, according to its website, “empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network for support, professional attire, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” Storm worked with the Professional Women’s Group (PWG), serving as an advocate for women seeking higher-education opportunities.

Storm volunteered at DFS for two years prior to beginning her fellowship in 2016. Her 200-hour project is almost complete.

“Working with the women of Dress for Success Columbus has been more rewarding than I could have imagined and has allowed me to get to know so many extraordinary women,” said Storm. “These women have so much drive and ability, and I was honored to help navigate the channels and barriers that sometimes make going back to school difficult.”

Storm certainly has a wealth of experience to draw upon. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition from Ohio State University in 2009 and received an MBA from Ohio University in 2012. She held several roles for OHIO’s College of Business, ultimately serving as Director of Development and raising funds for the Muck Annex, among other projects. Storm is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education.

“My classmates are some of the best people that I have the honor of knowing,” said Storm, who expects to graduate in May 2018. “This cohort and the faculty that we have worked with make me better every day by pushing me to expand the way I think and look at the world. I am grateful for their scholarship and friendship.”

A Springfield, Ohio, native, Storm lives in Pickerington with her husband, Todd, and two dogs, Zoey and Macy. She works at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, where she is the Director of Development for the Heart and Vascular Center. Her fundraising efforts support medical and scientific advancement.

“I'm hopeful that one day I'll be in a position to move forward an institution’s philanthropic goals by leading a team of dedicated advancement professionals,” said Storm. “Philanthropy is so important to the advancement of the mission of higher education. That mission is something I’m dedicated to and believe in. I want to do all I can to support it.”