The History of Classified Senate Scholarships
Classified Staff Advisory Council (CSAC) was the original name for Classified Senate (CS)
At the 1993 Classified Staff Advisory Council Retreat, members discussed ways that the organization could contribute to the university community. It was suggested that CSAC could endow a scholarship to assist undergraduate students in the advancement of their education. Teresa Holland, secretary in the School of Dance, presented the idea of a coverlet featuring historic campus building and artists' renderings of the five regional campuses, the Marching 110 and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The 100% cotton coverlets went on sale in early 1994 and were an immediate hit! Within a few short months, over 2,300 coverlets had been sold with an additional 1,500 ordered! What started as an idea to raise funds to endow one annual scholarship, evolved into a highly successful sales campaign that quickly netted more than $60,000 that endowed four annual scholarships.
Classified Senate Academic Scholarship (first awarded 1996-97)
This scholarship is for an undergraduate, full-time (16 hours per semester) student at the Athens campus. Upperclass applicants must have a 3.4 grade point average and minimum 48 credit hours by the end of their freshman year. Freshman applicants must have an ACT score of 28, a SAT score of 1170, and be in the top 20 percent of their high school class.
Classified Senate Ohio University Employee Scholarship (first awarded 1996-97)
This scholarship is for the spouse or child(ren) of current, retired, or disabled employees. Applicant must be an undergraduate, full-time (16 hours per semester) student at the Athens or any regional campus. Applicants must have a 3.4 grade point average.
Classified Senate Regional Campus Scholarship (first awarded 1996-97)
This scholarship is for undergraduate, full-time (12 hours per semester) student at a regional campus. Applicant must have a 3.4 grade point average. Scholarships will be awarded at a regional campus in the following order: Chillicothe (1st year), Eastern (Belmont) (2nd year), Lancaster (3rd year), Southern (Ironton) (4th year), and Zanesville (5th year). If there are no applicants who meet the criteria for this scholarship at the current year’s campus, it will be offered to the next campus.
Classified Senate Non-Traditional Scholarship (first awarded 1996-97)
This scholarship is for an Ohio resident, non-traditional student, defined as being 26 years or older, with an established financial need, must be full-time (12 hours per semester) undergraduate student, at the Athens or any regional campus, with a 2.5 grade point average.
Classified Senate Multicultural Scholarship for Appalachian Students (first awarded 2005-06)This scholarship is for an Ohio resident from the following Appalachian counties: Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, or Washington counties. Applicant must be an American minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American or Asian American/Pacific Islander) full-time junior or senior student with an established financial need and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. This scholarship is for one year and is non-renewable.
On October 17, 1996, four Ohio University students were recognized as the first recipients of the new scholarships. The scholarships and recipients were:
- CSAC Employee Scholarship was awarded to Travis Campbell of Glouster, a sophomore biological sciences/physical therapy major on the Athens campus with a 3.62 GPA.
- CSAC Regional Campus Scholarship was awarded to Cheryl Smith of Leesburg, a junior geology major on the Chillicothe campus with a 3.66 GPA.
- CSAC Academic Scholarshipwas awarded to Jennifer Maurer of Westerville, a sophomore business major on the Athens campus with a 3.94 GPA.
- CSAC Non-Traditional Scholarship was awarded to Marilyn Eitel of Chillicothe, a senior psychology major on the Chillicothe campus with a 3.67 GPA.
- Classified Senate Multicultural Scholarship for Appalachian Studentswas awarded in 2005 to the first recipient, Janelle Nichols.
Since 1996, Ohio University's Classified Senate has awarded over 60 scholarships. We are extremely proud to be able to award five $1,000 scholarships. Classified Senate continues to fund these scholarships by selling the original green & white coverlet, as well as a full-color coverlet, stuffed Bobcats, tote bags, and jewelry which can all be found on our Scholarship Fundraiser page.
Rachel Kincade, Employee
DiJaun Robinson, Multicultural
Alana Gehlken, Regional (Zanesville)
Evan Rhodes, Academic
Jorma Hake, Non-Traditional
Macy Brickles, Employee
Kelsey Mayle, Multicultural
Rachel Swindler, Regional (Southern)
Christopher Miller, Academic
Tyler Daniels, Non-Traditional
The Classified Senate table Graduation 2014.