Service and Outreach

Ohio State’s Young Scholars Program (YSP) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. Since its inception, the program has prepared nearly 3,000 Ohio youth for college success. Young Scholars who successfully complete program requirements are guaranteed admission to Ohio State, as well as a financial aid package based on individual needs.

Ohio State’s super peloton Team Buckeye raised more than $1.5 million for Pelotonia in 2012 and more than $3.5 million since its inception. One hundred percent of the funds raised for Pelotonia benefit cancer research at Ohio State.

Ohio State was recently named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. Last year, nearly 25,000 Ohio State students gave 756,130 hours in service to the community.

The National Summer Learning Association selected Ohio State’s LiFE Sports program as recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Summer Learning Award. This annual award recognizes summer programs demonstrating excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for low-income young people. 

In 2012 Ohio State’s Nisonger Center and the Ohio Department of Health were awarded a $900,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote health, prevent chronic disease, and increase the quality of life among people with disabilities. This is the first time that Ohio is among the states awarded this grant to develop and strengthen health-related disability programs.

Engineering students have been traveling to Honduras to visit the Montaña de Luz orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS every spring since 2005. Including this year’s journey, more than 100 students have taken part in the initiative, which has produced a broad range of projects, including water system improvements and a computer lab for the orphanage.