NEWARK, Ohio, November 7, 2016 – Approximately $1.25 million in scholarships is available to students at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark. COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., and Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald, Ph.D., announced reaching the new milestone during the annual scholarship breakfast Thursday morning (Nov. 3).
“Because of the generous support from our donors and the investment that has been made in our Next Generation Challenge Scholarships, COTC is experiencing rapid growth in our scholarship program,” said Coe. “And our students are reaping the benefits.”
“Scholarship money is a statement of the donor’s belief to a student. It is someone believing in you,” said MacDonald. “Donors and students are changing the world together. It’s great to bring you all here today to see how you are doing that.”
The breakfast was held in the Melissa Warner Bow Grand Hall in the John Gilbert Reese Center. It gives scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet their donors and thank the people whose generosity has changed their lives. Scholarship recipients from COTC and Ohio State Newark spoke at the event to tell their inspirational stories.
“I’m an eighth grade dropout,” said Jason Eicher, a social work major at Ohio State Newark. Eicher is the recipient of The John J. & Elizabeth O’Neill Scholarship. “I went to work for my father at his construction company. I eventually got my GED, but I dreamed of going to college. I had a lot of hurdles to overcome to get here. I want to thank the donors so much for making it so the financial aspect of this was not another hurdle. Thank you for putting wings to my dreams.”
“I never thought I’d be a single mother, but here I am,” said Erika Stout, a nursing technology major at COTC. She is the first recipient of The Mike Johnson McDonald’s Scholarship through the Licking County Foundation and also received The LeFevre Foundation Scholarship through the Newark Campus Development Fund. “Last summer my daughter was rushed to the hospital after an accident, and I found comfort in the nurses who took care of her and of me. That is when I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I go to school full time, and I work two jobs. These scholarships help me to be able to go to school and take care of my daughter. The most important job I have is raising her.”
The average scholarship award given to students at both COTC and Ohio State Newark is $2,000. The number of students at COTC who received scholarships this academic year was 386, and the number at Ohio State Newark was 340.
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors.