Ohio University

New scholarship established for OHIO-in-LA program

New scholarship established for OHIO-in-LA program
Pat and Roger Cooper in Los Angeles

ATHENS, Ohio (August 1, 2019) — The Scripps College of Communication announces a new scholarship established by Media Arts & Studies professor Roger Cooper and his mother Euva Cooper in honor of Patricia Butcher Cooper, Roger’s wife. The Patricia Butcher Cooper OHIO-in-LA Scholarship celebrates Pat’s strong advocacy for students who wish to begin careers in the entertainment industry.

Established in 2014, the OHIO-in-LA program allows Ohio University students to spend a semester studying and participating in the media industry in Los Angeles. Through classes, internships, access to mentors and networking opportunities, participants gain hands-on experience in the entertainment industry. The scholarship will provide financial assistance for rising seniors majoring in Media Arts & Studies to participate in OHIO-in-LA.

Roger is the director of the OHIO-in-LA program. In his donor statement, he credits Pat’s  “enthusiastic support and endorsement” for OHIO-in-LA’s success. Pat often visited Roger in Los Angeles while the program was running, becoming a welcome and familiar presence.

Jen Jones Donatelli, an instructor with OHIO-in-LA and a former co-director of the program, said she admires Pat and Roger’s selflessness and sense of adventure.

“It’s easy to see what attracted them to each other—both are kind, caring people who are committed to education, helping youth, and making the world a better place,” Donatelli said. “Their support and love for each other is truly inspiring, and I can think of no better way to honor Pat’s legacy than a scholarship in her name.”

Those wishing to contribute to the Patricia Butcher Cooper OHIO-in-LA Scholarship can visit ohio.edu/give, where instructions can be found for designating the specific fund and submitting a gift by postal mail.