Scarlet & Gray Advantage

The Ohio State University is creating the Scarlet & Gray Advantage program with a bold goal: to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree, debt-free. This program, which will be brought to scale over the next decade, will empower Buckeyes to control their own financial futures and prepare for success after graduation. To achieve this ambitious and meaningful goal for our Buckeyes, we welcome support from generous donors and friends who will help turn students’ dreams into realities and inspire others to do the same.

A matching program like no other

Ohio State will raise at least $800 million over the next decade to expand undergraduate scholarships.

To kick off this effort, the university and lead donors have created a matching program that will double up to $50 million in private donations (of $100,000 or more) that establish new endowments or support existing ones for scholarships. The university will also provide grant assistance.

Contact Kurt Foriska at foriska.1@osu.edu to learn how you can get involved.

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You never really know what else that student you are supporting is going through, and you can be the reason they are able to graduate and make a huge contribution to society. - Emmanuel Adu ’21, College of Engineering

Photo of Emmanuel AduWhen I was a child, my family and I immigrated from Nigeria to the United States, and I grew up in Westerville, Ohio. As a young boy, I was obsessed with astronauts and had always dreamed of studying engineering. That passion continued during high school and throughout college.

Scholarship support enabled me to continue my studies, even though I had run out of other financial aid and thought I would have to drop out. Not only that, but because I no longer had to work two to three jobs while attending school, I was able to significantly boost my GPA.

Graduation feels like an amazing accomplishment following my difficult, six-year journey through college. After high school, I suffered a concussion, which led to severe amnesia. Although I had already been accepted into Ohio State, I had to take remedial courses at a community college to relearn basic concepts.

The past year has been extra tough for me. I lost two close family members to COVID-19. My financial situation worsened, and for a while I wasn’t sure how I would be able to graduate. But with understanding and encouragement from faculty and staff at the College of Engineering — and the support I received from donors — I was ready to begin the next chapter of my life.

You never really know what else that student you are supporting is going through, and you can be the reason they are able to graduate and make a huge contribution to society.

Today, I am a graduate of Ohio State with a degree in aerospace engineering and part of a two-year rotational program in software engineering at CapitalOne. I don’t think words can describe how excited and thankful I am to be a Buckeye engineer.

I am infinitely grateful donors and their commitment to scholarships. I worked hard to earn my degree and I succeeded, with their help.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!
Emmanuel Adu ’21

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Match/Endowment

Ohio State will raise at least $800 million over the next decade to expand undergraduate scholarships. The university and lead donors have created a matching program that will double up to $50 million in private donations (of $100,000 or more) that establish new endowments or support existing ones for scholarships.

Contact Kurt Foriska at foriska.1@osu.edu for more information >

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Scholarships open up a world of opportunities. Financial assistance is crucial to students’ success, empowering them to focus on their studies, pursue internships and volunteer in our communities to become tomorrow’s leaders.

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Estate and Gift Planning

Your generosity can make a big difference to Ohio State. Whether you want to see your impact firsthand or ensure support after your lifetime, we can help devise a plan.

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