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October 27, 2014 : VIDEO: Annual Scholarship Banquet Features Former Kilburger Scholar
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager

 

Lancaster – Students who attended Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington’s annual scholarship recognition banquet now know the story of a scholarship that made many college dreams possible in Fairfield County.  In the 1960s, Charles Kilburger left a large portion of his estate to fund a scholarship. Kilburger’s attorney and friend, Kermit Sitterley, administered the scholarship for about 25 years after Kilburger’s death.  A short documentary, produced by WOUB and OUL, about the Kilburger scholarship was shown during the banquet.  The event’s featured speaker was University of Alabama Associate Professor of Accounting Dr. Gary Taylor, who was a Charles Kilburger Scholar.
 
Scholarship Banquet 2014 Taylor small“I want to thank all the donors so much, especially the Sitterleys and the Kilburgers since I benefitted from that scholarship,” said Taylor. “I want all the recipients who are here tonight to go out and do something amazing with the gift they have been given.”
 
The annual scholarship recognition banquet was held in the Brasee Hall gym.  Recipients of scholarships sat with their donors for dinner and were recognized. 
 
“This is one of my favorite nights because we get to recognize the scholarship recipient and the donor together,” said OUL Dean Dr. Jim Smith. “There is no greater gift than a college education. It is a gift that keeps on giving for a lifetime.”
 
The Charles Kilburger Scholarship has been in existence at OUL for approximately 50 years.  The full-tuition scholarship requires recipients to live in Fairfield County and start their college studies at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus or Pickerington Center.
 
gtaylor_culverhouseTaylor started his studies at OUL after graduating from Lancaster High School in 1983. He said his time at OUL changed his life because he took classes from two professors who challenged him in his studies.  Taylor said Fred Herr and Dr. Ed Fitzgibbon taught their classes in a way that encouraged students to work hard and figure things out. Taylor said he uses that same teaching style at the University of Alabama.
 
“This is what Dr. Fitzgibbon and Mr. Herr started,” said Taylor. “This is their legacy.  They taught me to get to know my students, get those students to figure it out on their own and get those students to ask questions.”
 
Taylor finished his bachelor’s degree on the Athens Campus. After graduation, he was hired as a staff accountant at Ernst & Young in Columbus. He was later promoted to a senior accountant position.  However, Taylor decided to go back to school.  He got his Ph.D. in accounting from Ohio State in 1996.
 
Taylor is now the director of the Garner Center for Current Accounting Issues and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Accounting at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse School of Accountancy.  Dr. Taylor is a PricewaterhouseCoopers Faculty Fellow. He has been published in Journal of Accounting Research; Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; Issues in Accounting Education; Review of Accounting Studies, and International Journal of Auditing.  In 2003, Dr. Taylor was a winner of The University of Alabama Alumni Teaching Award.
 
“For those of us who have gotten and benefited from a scholarship, it’s a big deal,” Taylor said to the scholarship recipients. “In 30 years, what are you going to do with what you learned at OUL? You have what it takes to do something amazing and give back.”
 
To learn more about scholarships and giving at Ohio University Lancaster contact OUL Development Director Mandi Custer at 740.654.6711 ext. 234 or custera@ohio.edu.