Scholarships: Growth in Giving
Hi, my name is Hannah Zierden, and because
of the scholarships I received at Ohio State, I’ve been able to find my passion here.
So whether it be mentoring students or doing research, my scholarships have allowed me
to fully dive into my Ohio State experience. My name is Kristin Bruggeman, and because
of scholarship, I’ve been able to fully embrace Ohio State.
My name is Eric Aviles-Garcia, and because of my scholarships, I’ve been able to fully
commit myself to being a student at Ohio State. I don’t have to worry about getting a job
or part time job. All my worries are academic and the research that I do.
Hi, my name is Georgie Ravelli, and because I received a scholarship, I’ve been able to
fulfill my dream of coming to Ohio State. I’m Kirsty Cole, and tissue engineering and
cancer research is something I’ve always been really passionate about.
I’m Vick Chhabria, and because of your support I’ve been able to follow my dreams of changing
lives, serving as the president of BuckeyeThon, and also with my work through undergraduate
research. What made you come to Ohio State from California?
With the scholarships I received, that’s what made me come here and with being a first generation
student, I had no idea how I was going to pay for college.
And I said “You know what? They’re helping me to be here, and I’m willing
to put in the work.” So I came here and I keep my grades high.
I’ve done research and they help me financially, I just do the work to tell them that it is
worth it. Did you get a scholarship when you came to
Ohio State? It’s actually a really cool story, how I found
out I got it. So I answer the phone, he was just talking,
he was like, “Hey, you know you’ve been awarded this Hammond scholarship”
And it was so great because it was a full tuition scholarship. Yeah, it was so crazy,
I started to cry. Yeah it was really bad. And then I felt really
bad because I felt like I was kind of rude, because I was like “I need to call my mom!”
When my mom found out that I had it, she was just like, “Oh my gosh” because a burden was
lifted off our backs. “I’m here to see Mr. Dietz.” So they took me
over to him, and both Jim and Pat stood up and gave me this huge hug.
I had never met them before, and they were like “Oh Hannah, it’s so great to finally
meet you!” I know that I could ask them for any help,
but it’s also really nice just knowing that not only do they help me financially,
but they care about my education and they believe in me enough to spend their money
on my education. When I came to school, I really didn’t know
what it is I wanted to study. But the COFFEE program involved me in engineering
and entrepreneurship at the same time. That really allowed me to figure out, when
I graduate, I’d love to own my own business some day.
I thoroughly enjoy whenever we meet up with him. Like I said, I meet up with him once
a semester, and we just catch up. He was able to really help me make my decision
in terms of my next step once I graduate. We’re new here and we have so much to accomplish
and a lot of it could not have been done without the help we’re receiving.
And I think that’s so awesome, because we all try so hard to get where we’re at. Sometimes
you need to admit that you need a little help. When I came to Ohio State, I always heard,
“There are so many Buckeyes around the world,” but I really didn’t understand how strong
that alumni base is, and how much of them are willing to give back
to the experience that they had. It makes me excited about being about to provide
this opportunity to the next “Vick” or whoever it is, who’s studying to be an engineer, entrepreneur
or whatever it might be. Ohio State is my dream school.
It’s my dream school too, and when I found out that I got a scholarship, in the back
of my mind I thought about when I’m going to start my family,
and all the loans that I won’t have to pay back, because of money that I’m getting in
scholarships. If we didn’t get those scholarship opportunities,
we’d have all of these debts we would have to pay off as we’re students,
and I can’t imagine having to work and having to fulfill the same level of experiences we
get to have as students here. I’d like to say “Thank you” to all the present
and past donors of Ohio State. Your donations have allowed me to follow my
dreams, and I really just wanted to say “Thank you”, and to let you know how appreciative
I am. Thank you for supporting the next generation
of Buckeye Engineers.