Ohio State Impact

Ray Sharp: A Buckeye for All Time

The new industrial engineering graduate is grateful for the scholarships he received.

Ray Sharp
“In the future, I plan to invest in Ohio State and the entity that helped shape me." – Ray Sharp

Ray Sharp grew up in Westerville, Ohio, not far from Ohio State’s Columbus campus. With Buckeye pride strong in his family, he has cheered on the Scarlet and Gray since he was toddler. Even so, he did not put Ohio State at the top of his college choices—until he took a 90-minute walking tour of the university.

“Then I was sold,” said Ray, a spring 2013 graduate in industrial engineering. “Every college tour after that couldn’t compare. Each school had a strength, but only Ohio State had all those strengths. Ohio State was the place for me.”

A recipient of several scholarships—the Edward S. “Beanie” Drake Student Leader Scholarship, the Brutus Buckeye Scholarship, and the Morrill Excellence Scholarship—Ray was able to devote time to both academics and extracurricular interests. Among his myriad pursuits, he served as a member of the Ohio State Spirit Program and the Greek community, as well as a Student Ambassador. He also led campus tours for potential students, sharing many of the Ohio State attributes that inspired him as a high school senior.

Ray is grateful to those who helped fund his education. During his undergraduate years, he learned to think critically and challenge conventional thinking with the goal of coming up with the most applicable solution for the problem. “If my benefactors were right in front of me, I would give each of them a huge hug and the most sincere thank you I possibly could,” he said.

So what does being a Buckeye mean to Ray? “It means family, opportunity, inspiration, and unlimited potential,” he said. “We take our opportunities and invest them in a way that will make someone’s day or life a little bit better. We have a passion to be excellent in whatever we do, with a competitive spirit matched by few and a love for Ohio State that is shared by all.”

Above all, Ray is pleased to be a graduate and a Buckeye for all time. “But for Ohio State, I would not have the opportunity to be who I want to be in life.”