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Ohio University is leading the state in nationally competitive awards

ATHENS, Ohio (June 20, 2005) -- During the last three years, in a comparison of nine significant awards, Ohio University ranks first among Ohio's public and private colleges and universities with 36 winners of nationally competitive awards in these competitions.

Among the 13 Mid-American Conference schools, Ohio University is first during that same three-year period by a wide margin. In a comparison with its 10 selected peer institutions, Ohio University ranks second, trailing only the University of North Carolina, which has 42 winners.

"This type of success would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of countless faculty members who have worked with and mentored these students as well as innumerable staff members who advise these outstanding students as they advance through the application process," said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis.

The nine awards used for the comparison include the Boren/NSEP Undergraduate Scholarship, Fulbright, Goldwater, Madison, Marshall, Mellon, Rhodes, Truman and Udall Scholarships.

During the 2004-05 academic, year, a school-record 33 Ohio University students received 36 nationally competitive awards, the most in the six-year history of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA). Last year, Ohio University students won 23 national awards.

"It has been an extraordinary year for Ohio University students with these competitions," said Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards Ann Brown. "Many students won awards, but even more important than the winning, is that each and every one of the 85 students who competed for one of these awards benefited in a significant way. This takes strength, determination and courage; but the rewards are significant: self-knowledge, insight and confidence. We are immensely proud of all of our students who competed for these awards this year."

These prestigious awards allow the students an opportunity to travel internationally, conduct research and receive support for their academic pursuits.

The breakdown of award recipients includes:

  • Two Harry S. Truman Scholarship recipients. This scholarship rewards students interested in careers in public service. Candidates are judged on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, service and well-articulated graduate study plans and career objectives.
  • One National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • One James Madison Fellowship. This award was established to improve teaching in U.S. secondary schools. Only one is awarded in each state and it is worth $24,000.
  • One Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship winner. The award includes a graduate stipend of $17,500 and tuition for graduate study in the humanities. Only 90 Mellon Fellowships were awarded this year.
  • Three David L. Boren winners. Two David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship winners and one David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship winner. This scholarship supports a study-abroad experience to encourage international understanding and competence.
  • Nine Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for educational and cultural exchange through involvement in overseas programs.
  • Two Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship winners. These awards, which can be worth up to $7,500, support undergraduate students who are interested in science and math careers. There are 300 Goldwater winners annually.
  • Two Japanese Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships. These scholarships will provide the resources for the students to study in Japan.
  • One Freeman Asia Award. The primary goal of the program is to increase the number of American undergraduate students who study in East and Southeast Asia, by providing them with the information and financial assistance they will need.
  • One Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This highly competitive award (281 awardees selected from 1303 nominees) will provide the student with $5,000 to study abroad on a CIEE program in Dakar, Senegal. The Gilman is need and merit based (students must have a Pell grant and a high GPA.).
  • One Bridging Scholarship. The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs).
  • One Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. The award is valued at approximately $30,000 and is designed to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.
  • Other national awards won by Ohio University students include six French Government Teaching Assistantships, two Tau Beta Pi scholarships, a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Award of Excellence, an American Vacuum Society Undergraduate Research Award and an American Society of Civil Engineers' Samuel Fletcher Tapman Scholarship.

Much of ONCA's success is a credit to the office's diligence. ONCA coordinates with faculty across campus to identify qualified students, and then works with the students to help them through the application process. Applicants are given advice to help refine their written and oral skills to best articulate their goals and talents.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu, or Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards Ann Brown, (740) 593-2725 or browna@ohio.edu

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