Ohio University-Chillicothe has received a grant totaling $3,500 through the Ohio University Foundation from the Robert E. and Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund benefitting the planning and construction of additions to the Academic Success Center on campus.
The fund, established in honor of Robert E. Schaefer, a longtime Chillicothe resident, provides for the cultural and economic development as well as the health and human welfare of Chillicothe and Ross County.
The campus requested consideration for the grant to address needs in the Academic Success Center, which includes the addition of individual/group study and tutorial rooms. The Academic Success Center project will involve a reconfiguration of the library and student commons areas of the Stevenson Center. The construction and renovation would meet the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students at OUC by both allowing for additional educational support and ensuring long-term student success with more space for small group instruction outside the classroom.
“This capital project is very important to the students at OUC and will enhance their learning experience and environment ten-fold,” said Joyce Atwood, Resource Development Coordinator at OUC. “With the additional amenity space and renovation of the current center, students will be able to gain additional instruction outside the classroom and ultimately increase their chances of long-term educational success. We are very thankful for the advisory committee’s selection as a recipient of this grant.”
“It is a privilege to be among the recipients of this generous grant from the Schaefer Fund,” said Dr. Martin Tuck, Dean of OUC. “As an institution focused on serving the greater Chillicothe and Ross County community, we are pleased that the Schaefer Fund Advisory Committee has recognized OUC’s importance in the community and humbled to be able to use these funds for the advancement of educational opportunities for our students here.”
Schaefer was an instrumental figure for OUC having served alongside community leaders in Chillicothe to develop the campus and worked to establish the associate degree programs during his time on the Regional Council. The Schaefer’s also established several scholarship endowments for students at OUC who continue to benefit from their generosity and stewardship.