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Meet OSU Mansfield’s Sesquicentennial Scholars

15 Oct , 2019  

Ohio State awarded 150 Sesquicentennial Scholarships to students across the university for the 2019-20 academic year in honor of the sesquicentennial. The Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program is one part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration and demonstrates a commitment to increasing access and affordability while recognizing students’ academic and non-academic accomplishments and diverse interests.

Here is a look at each of the five Sesquicentennial Scholars attending The Ohio State University at Mansfield:


Name: James Davis Sr.
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Mansfield, Ohio
Age: 38
Graduation Date: Spring 2021

Why did you apply to be a part of the Sesquicentennial Student Leadership Program?
I applied because I wanted to make a difference on our campus and find ways to help our students grow in their education and be more involved in their community.

What does it mean to be a recipient of the scholarship?
This means that I am a leader. I believe leaders play a major role in others’ success. Also, it means that I am able to succeed by working hard in my academics and that I am able to accomplish the goals that I have been working on.

How will this help you achieve your higher education goals?
This scholarship will help me achieve my higher education goals by helping me pay towards books and materials used in the social work program; it will also help me reach towards getting my Bachelor’s degrees and then excelling to get my Masters.

Why is Ohio State Mansfield important to you?
Ohio State Mansfield plays a major role in my life because I want to help people. One day I would like to be a professor at The Ohio State University Mansfield Campus. I want to impact my community; the community needs leaders that have the heart to help people succeed. The young people in today’s world have many voices of influence, some are good and some are bad. However, I want to be a positive influence on our youth today and these young people are my responsibility. I learned in my life that each generation is responsible for the next.


Name: Taylor Stamper
Major: Health Sciences
Hometown: Lucas, Ohio
Age: 19
Graduation Date: May 2020

Why did you apply to be a part of the Sesquicentennial Student Leadership Program?
I applied to be a part of the Sesquicentennial Student Leadership Program so that I could continue to improve my leadership and communication skills while immersing myself in a historic, supportive community.

What does it mean to be a recipient of the scholarship?
I am proud to be a recipient of the scholarship because it means I, along with the 149 other recipients, encompass the passion and ability that it takes to be a Buckeye. We get to be a part of the history of Ohio State University and immerse ourselves more so than ever in the community.

How will this help you achieve your higher education goals?
I plan to apply to the Occupational Therapy graduate program at the Columbus Campus, so the sesquicentennial scholar program will allow me to expand upon my leadership and communication abilities that will assist me in my future career choice.

Why is Ohio State Mansfield important to you?
Ohio State Mansfield is important to me because it allows me to pursue goals toward my career without any inhibitions while staying close to the community, family, and friends that inspired me to do so.


Name: Joshua Davis
Major: Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Mansfield, Ohio
Age: 33
Graduation Date: 2021

Why did you apply to be a part of the Sesquicentennial Student Leadership Program?
I applied to be a part of the Sesquicentennial Student Leadership Program because I wanted to further my opportunities as a leader both on and off-campus. I felt as though the training would further enhance my future as a leader in education.

What does it mean to be a recipient of the scholarship?
This funding will help me complete my schooling and will help others also see that I am worth more than average.

How will this help you achieve your higher education goals?
As a proven leader on and off campus already, I believe this will help train me further and solidify what I already know in leading others to achieve their own potential for greatness.

Why is Ohio State Mansfield important to you?
It is close to home, small class sizes, and I have literally gotten to know everyone. And while there is much diversity it still feels like home.


Name: Kirsten Weisenberger
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Norwalk, Ohio
Age: 20
Graduation Date: 2022

Why did you apply to be a part of the Sesquicentennial Student Leadership Program?
I applied to be a part of the Sesquicentennial Student Leadership Program because I wanted to be a part of Ohio State’s great history and future. The program is going to teach me leadership skills that I can use not only the rest of my time here at Ohio State but for the rest of my life.

What does it mean to be a recipient of the scholarship?
Being a recipient of the scholarship is truly an honor. It means so much to me to be a part of Ohio State’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.

How will this help you achieve your higher education goals?
This will help me achieve my higher education goals by making tuition more affordable to take the classes I need. Also, being a Social Work major the leadership skills that I gain from the program will help me tremendously with my future career.

Why is Ohio State Mansfield important to you?
Ohio State Mansfield is important to me because it gives me the education that I need with small class sizes and affordable tuition. The small campus size gives it a feel of a community. Almost everywhere you go you will see a familiar face whether its faculty and staff or a fellow classmate.


Name: Iris Walter
Major: Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Mansfield, Ohio
Age: 20
Graduation Date: Fall of 2020

Why did you apply to be a part of the Sesquicentennial Student Leadership Program?
I applied to be a part of the Sesquicentennial Student Leadership program because I love being an Ohio State University Buckeye and wanted the opportunity to represent my school in this unique way which highlights Ohio State’s longstanding excellence.

What does it mean to be a recipient of the scholarship?
It’s an honor to be a recipient of this scholarship. I am further inspired to continue to grow as a Buckeye and leader. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to share in the celebration of all that Ohio State has accomplished and helped make steps toward the great things that are to come.

How will this help you achieve your higher education goals?
This opportunity will help me achieve higher educational goals because it lends itself to developing a unique set of leadership skills; these leadership skills will be invaluable as I pursue a career in education. Also, it supports me financially, which allows me to focus more on my career.

Why is Ohio State Mansfield important to you?
Ohio State Mansfield is important to me because of the relationships I have been able to build and the opportunities that I have had to learn and grow in my chosen career field, character, and professionalism. It is also important to me because it allows me to be a Buckeye and still live in the home town that I love.

Source, Photos: The Ohio State University

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