Ohio State coaches kick off Ohio Scholarship Challenge

With true Buckeye spirit, Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer and men’s head basketball coach Thad Matta have stepped up to co-chair The Ohio Scholarship Challenge.

The Ohio Scholarship Challenge seeks to raise $100 million in general undergraduate scholarship dollars for Ohio State students in any major, at any campus. Named one of the nation’s best values by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Ohio State is committed to keeping tuition affordable and to providing competitive student aid packages.

“When I was a graduate student here, financial aid is what made the difference for many Buckeyes,” said Meyer. “It still makes the difference. This is an important campaign. It is important to the university and it is important to Ohio. Ohio State is committed to providing competitive student aid packages, and the Ohio Scholarship Challenge is one way to increase the amount of aid available to students each year.”

Ohio State head men’s basketball coach Thad Matta agrees. “The Ohio Scholarship Challenge is an exciting campaign for a lot of reasons,” he said. “It’s about helping Ohio State students and future students from across the state. And like our basketball team, the campaign will continue until our goal is reached.”

The university seeks individuals, organizations, and groups to answer the Challenge by donating and/or raising undergraduate scholarship dollars for students from their area: county, city, high school, or some combination. These gifts may be given as either current use or endowed scholarships. As an incentive to create new general scholarship endowments, the university will match the endowment payout for four years for donors who accept the Challenge.

Scholarships funded by the Challenge are transferrable between majors and portable between campuses, so that a recipient keeps the scholarship regardless of major or campus attended. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as the student remains in good standing at Ohio State.

In the 2012–13 school year, Ohio State awarded approximately $462 million in student financial aid to undergraduates, and nearly three quarters of all Ohio State undergraduates received some sort of aid.

Now, Coach Meyer and Coach Matta are recruiting you. Will you accept the Challenge? Join them and support Ohio State students today.
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