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Jesse Grubbs, a first-generation, non-traditional Ohio University Southern student and father of three, is the recipient of the Clarence and Grace Feil Scholarship.

Jesse Grubbs, a first-generation, non-traditional Ohio University Southern student and father of three, is the recipient of the Clarence and Grace Feil Scholarship.

Photographer: Bill Tussey

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Recipient credits scholarship with allowing him to stay close to home while pursuing his dreams


IRONTON, Ohio – Staying close to home was an important factor in Jesse Grubbs’ university selection process. This first-generation, non-traditional Ohio University Southern student and father of three is the recipient of the Clarence and Grace Feil Scholarship. 

“This scholarship has helped taken the weight of repaying loans off my mind and allowed me to focus, instead, on studying,” Grubbs said. “You have to take college seriously. This isn’t just an easy stepping stone between high school and your career – you have to study.” 

Grubbs, who is on track to graduate in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in specialized studies with an emphasis in history and humanities, said that one key to being successful in college is to build a solid relationship with your professors. Grubbs also shared advice to others considering pursuit of a degree, “Come ready to work. This is hard, but you can do it,” he said. 

“I would like to be able to contribute to future scholarships so that others might also benefit from this experience,” Grubbs said. “Of course, that will have to wait until after I graduate.”