Nearly 40 years of teaching college students, and advising those who want to teach, gave Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Gary Baldwin a special understanding of their needs. His concern led him to make a gift to Ohio University's Bicentennial Campaign to create the Baldwin Education Scholarship.
"I've worked with many students, in class and during academic advising sessions, who were struggling to pay for tuition, books, daycare and transportation," Baldwin explained. He and his wife, Jean, want to support education majors who are making progress in their program and who need assistance with expenses related to higher education.
Shortly after arriving on the local campus in 1971, Baldwin began advising education majors. "During advising sessions I would look at the entire picture with the student, plan out the schedule individually and get to know the student." The continuity of working with a student over several years, especially those attending part-time, afforded Baldwin a unique sense of their experiences and needs.
Baldwin began teaching at Ohio University Athens Campus in 1964. His colleague, Jim Karns, encouraged him to come to Lancaster to teach. Baldwin retired in 2001, but since he'd rather be in the classroom, he continues to teach part-time at the Lancaster campus and at the Pickerington Center.
He views his endowment as an investment in the future of Fairfield County. "Most of these students will remain in our community and will be contributing members."
Baldwin hopes that colleagues and former students will consider making a gift to the Baldwin Education Scholarship fund. "I'm not interested in bricks and mortar. I want to impact students' lives."
For more information or to make a contribution, contact Diana Pollock, assistant dean of development, Ohio University Lancaster Campus, 1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster, 43130, or call her at (740) 654-6711, ext. 645.
The Bicentennial Campaign has raised more than $171 million toward its goal of raising $200 million in time for the University's bicentennial in 2004. To date in the campaign, the Lancaster campus has raised more than $4.5 million -- exceeding its $4.1 million goal -- to support scholarships, faculty, instructional technology, the arts and campus beautification.