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Nov. 3, 2009

Contact:  Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671

Media Alert: Ohio State Lima’s Gift of Education brings students together with scholarship donors

Lifelong Learning Institute to donate $10,000 toward student scholarship initiative

The Ohio State University at Lima will hold its third annual Gift of Education event at 6:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 5, at the Shawnee Country Club. The Gift of Education brings scholarship donors together with students who benefit from the scholarships.

“Ohio State Lima is thrilled to be able to connect both the donors and the recipients of their generosity,” said Amanda L. Miller, Director of Development. “As we continue to work toward building a more holistic learning environment for our students, we recognize that the need for more scholarships will grow as our student population grows and changes.”

Ohio State Lima awards almost $500,000 per year in scholarship aid. A large portion of that aid comes from private donations. In the 2008-2009 academic year, more than 70 percent of the student population received some form of financial aid.

 The speaker will be Diane Stemper, the new Director of Financial Aid at Ohio State. Stemper has worked extensively in the student financial field, serving as a director of student financial aid at the College of Wooster, Miami University of Ohio and Arizona State University. She also served as the CEO of Elm Resources and started a private financial aid related consulting firm in Phoenix. The program will begin at 6:50 p.m.

The Lifelong Learning Institute, a division of Elderhostel, will present a $10,000 scholarship gift to Ohio State’s newly minted Students First Initiative. Introduced by President E. Gordon Gee in December 2008, Students First is a university-wide initiative designed to ensure continued access to education for Ohio State students. Since many families will meet financial hardships due to the current recessive economy, the university is committed to helping students enter Ohio State and stay enrolled once they arrive. As part of the far-reaching commitment of the Students First initiative, a fundraising drive called Students First, Students Now has been implemented. Designed to generate significant new funding for student support—including scholarships, loans, and emergency funds—Students First, Students Now will include all outright and deferred gifts and pledges toward student aid.  The scholarship gift from LLI will be a lead gift in the campaign at Ohio State Lima.

LLI holds two month-long sessions per year on the campus of Ohio State Lima for people of retirement age. There are no prerequisites, exams, or grades. The classes are an opportunity to explore new ideas, expand knowledge, exercise creativity and talent in a flexible, informal, and noncompetitive environment.

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