About 44% of first year students in Autumn Semester 2017 at The Ohio State University at Mansfield were eligible for federal Pell Grants. That means they have high financial need. While the Pell Grants help these students attend college, they don’t often cover everything a student needs to be successful. That’s why Ohio State Mansfield has created the Dean’s Student Success Book Scholarship fund.
“We see students struggle with everything from the ability to buy textbooks after they’ve run through all their other expenses to not being able to make rent,” said Mansfield Campus Interim Dean Norman Jones. “We are very cognizant how financial stability is the foundation that you have to have in place before learning can happen. We developed the Dean’s Student Success Book Scholarship as a support net to help students get the materials they need for class.”
That’s why on Ohio State’s Day of Giving, February 28, Jones is asking alumni, faculty, staff and community members to contribute to the book scholarship fund.
“In addition to the book scholarship fund, we’re working to reduce the costs of our textbooks by helping our faculty find low-cost or no-cost ways to develop course materials that would be just as effective for students,” said Jones. “When it comes to helping our students succeed, we approach that as a team effort. Faculty and staff are working in many areas to make sure our students are getting the support they need to achieve their educational goals. It’s got to be a multi-pronged approach.”
“When you give to the Dean’s Student Success Book Scholarship fund, you’ll ensure our students can afford essential resources for college –textbooks and digital learning materials,” said Mansfield Campus Director of Development Cindy Wood. “Your gift is a direct and highly effective way to help our students earn their degrees. Because of your generosity, Mansfield students will have less financial stress, can perform better academically, and they’ll know that Buckeyes like you care and want them to succeed.”
Students can complete one of ten bachelor’s degrees on campus: Business, Child & Youth Studies, Criminology, Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education, English, History, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology. Students also have access to any of Ohio State’s 200-plus majors and can easily transition to the Columbus campus to complete their degree after achieving 30 credit hours and a 2.0 grade point average on the Mansfield campus.
“We provide access to an Ohio State degree in Northeast Ohio or a pathway to an Ohio State degree in Columbus,” said Jones. “At Ohio State Mansfield, we are very proud of our students and all the efforts on campus to support their success.”
On February 28, interested donors can give to the book scholarship fund by going to https://www.giveto.osu.edu/makeagift/?fund=316127.
Source: The Ohio State University at Mansfield