In 2006, the State of Ohio ranked 37th in the nation in college graduates with just over one-quarter of our residents with a bachelor's degree or higher.
This situation is even more desperate in Appalachian and Urban America, where the cost of college more dramatically affects the region's students. In fact, it is one of the primary deterrents to attending college.
Add to that the cyclical nature of this problem—if a parent cannot pay for or assist their child in attending school, their children will likely face the same situation when they have children—and it becomes a vicious circle that only grows with time.
Ohio University works to break this cycle by providing students with the opportunity to attend college through theAppalachian and Urban Scholars Programs. These two programs, combined, annually give the opportunity not just to afford college, but to succeed.
It is Ohio's vision to raise $20 million in endowment funds for each scholarship so we can continue to provide opportunity to other deserving students at Ohio. Your support, regardless of the amount, helps these students attain their dreams.
For more information about how you can support either of these scholarships, please contact Billie Handa, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-597-1641.
Or, to give directly to the program, please visit www.ohio.edu/give and select "Appalachian Scholars Program" or "Urban Scholars Program" in the "Please designate my gift to:" field.