|Scholarship endowments help to make a quality educational experience a realization for area residents.|
In the true spirit of “paying it forward” and building a better future for residents of this region, some area individuals are helping area students realize their college aspirations through the endowment of scholarships at Ohio University-Chillicothe.
E. Jean Kerney, Ph.D., has endowed a scholarship fund for underrepresented students on the Chillicothe Campus. Qualified students for the Dr. Jean Kerney Scholarship must graduate from a Ross County high school with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The first scholarships will be awarded in 2017.
Kerney has dedicated her career to education, and this scholarship fund continues that emphasis.
The former assistant superintendent of Chillicothe City Schools, Kerney has taught courses at OU-C and was an assistant professor at Otterbein College (now Otterbein University). In 1997, she founded K&C Educational Associates, whose mission is to provide ongoing quality educational training and support services for students, parents, teachers, education leaders and businesses. In 2006, she founded the David Ater Dyslexia and ADHD Clinic.
Kerney earned a master’s degree of education in counseling and a doctoral degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, both from Ohio University.
The Wayne and Robin Holland Scholarship Endowment will be awarded to a freshman OU-C student. The priority will be a student who has lived in the Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing Authority in Chillicothe and to a student who has participated in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Ross County. Recipients must earn a GPA of at least 2.75 from a Ross County high school. The first scholarships will be awarded in 2014.
Robin and Wayne Holland are both active in the local community, particularly in endeavors aimed at helping area youth. They started the Snack and Learn program at Lincoln Park that provides tutoring for students in the housing project. They are active in United Way, Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, Walnut Street United Methodist Church and the local chapter of the Red Cross. Wayne Holland, who is retired from Kenworth Trucking Company, serves on The Promise Lives Campaign for the Chillicothe Campus.
Martin Tuck, dean of the Chillicothe Campus, is establishing the Courtney and Paul Tuck Life Science Scholarship for students seeking a degree in a life sciences discipline such as biology, biochemistry, pre-professional or nursing. Qualified students must attain a 3.2 or higher GPA on the Chillicothe Campus, with the first scholarships to be awarded in 2017.
The endowment mirrors Tuck’s career paths of the sciences and higher education and his children’s (Courtney and Paul) interest in the life sciences. He began his Ohio University career as a faculty member in chemistry in 1986. He later was chair of the graduate program in Molecular and Cellular Biology for eight years before becoming associate provost of the university. He has been dean of the Chillicothe Campus since 2011.
“The establishment of these scholarship endowments is a testament to the generosity, foresight and concern for others that these individuals have exhibited throughout their lives and their chosen pursuits,” OU-C Resource Development Coordinator Joyce Atwood said. “By providing scholarships for Chillicothe Campus students, they help to ensure that area residents have the opportunity to earn a college degree and realize the benefits of a college education. As a regional campus, it is our mission to utilize higher education to support the quality of life for this area, and we are grateful for the support of these individuals.”
Endowments produce interest income, which funds the scholarships and ensure the gifts have long-lasting benefits.
These gifts are part of The Promise Lives Campaign, Ohio University’s capital campaign which seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015. The campaign has raised more than $429 million in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities at Ohio University.
Funds raised for the Chillicothe Campus will support scholarships and the construction of a planned Academic Success Center, which will connect Bennett Hall and the Stevenson Center, tying together academic and student services resources. These projects support the campus’ mission of offering area residents access to a well-rounded, quality educational experience that prepares them for lives of impact. Learn more at www.ohio.edu/campaign.