Lancaster Alumnus Funds Scholarship,
On Thursday evening Lancaster Campus alumnus and Lancaster entrepreneur Mark Sells issued a challenge, along with a $10,000 check, to kick off a drive for increased scholarship funds at the Lancaster Campus.
“I challenge OUL alumni to donate to a scholarship program so that we can award more than one full scholarship.” Sells committed to matching any contribution – from an alum or a community member – up to $50,000.
The Lancaster Bingo C.E.O., who also attended classes on the Athens Campus, received the Kilburger Scholarship and juggled basketball and a part-time job while attending college. He was dismayed to learn that there was a single funding source for full-ride scholarships. Therefore, in order to endow a number of full scholarships, Sells hopes to raise $2.5 million.
“College gives us a basis of the big world and taught me to be a realist,” Sells said. “I’m committed to helping OUL students have the opportunity, to do what I’ve done. It starts right here with a college education.”
Lancaster Campus Dean Jim Smith acknowledged that paying for higher education is challenging for students and families in today’s economy. He noted that Sells’ gift will involve alumni and area residents in giving in a very meaningful way that enriches the lives of others.
“Many students here have the same promise, the same hope,” Smith said.
Alumni, faculty, staff, and students gathered in the newly renovated student lounge for the kickoff event. Professors Scott Minar and Patrick Drumm provided music and vocals.
To contribute to the scholarship fund, please contact Lancaster Campus development director Mandi Custer at 740.654.6711, ext. 234, or email@example.com.
PHOTO: Ohio University Lancaster Campus alumnus Mark Sells kicks off the scholarship challenge. Photo by Jennifer LaRue.