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Apply for Scholarships

Becca Sedlak

Becca Sedlak,
Senior, Aviation Flight

Athens, OH 22 February 2018

I have heard “apply for scholarships” since I was a senior in high school. I never really took it seriously and would apply to a few just to get my parents off of my back about applying. The nice thing about Ohio University is that there is only one form to fill out for scholarships at the school here. I would just do that and think that was enough because I never thought that I would ever get those really large scholarships that you hear people talk about.

This year I applied for a few scholarships and actually got two of the three that I applied for. The first one I applied at the last minute and did not hold my breath because I had applied before and did not get it. It was a smaller amount, but anything helps when paying for college. The second one was a large amount of money that I just applied for and was not expecting to get it at all.

About two months after applying for the scholarships I got a call saying that I was awarded the smaller one and the large one. I honestly was speechless when I was told that I won the scholarships. Now, my only regret is that I waited until my senior year to actually apply myself for scholarships.

I am very thankful that because of these scholarships I can get more flight ratings, but now I am just wondering if I would have applied myself sooner how many more ratings I would have. So, apply for scholarships because people are willing to invest in your education and future and it is amazing feeling.

Cutler Scholars Program

Caroline wilson

Caroline Wilson,
Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 26 October 2015

I can still remember the moment that I answered the phone call which changed my life. It was spring break of my senior year of high school, and I remember shaking with excitement as I was informed that I had been awarded the
Russ-Legacy Cutler Scholarship
. The incredible generosity of the program was something completely unprecedented in any other scholarship I had heard of—-it included not only room and board for four years, but also stipends for summer enrichment programs like Outward Bound Leadership programs, volunteer trips, study-abroad opportunities, and internships. For me, it made the decision as to whether I should leave my family in Washington behind for college a no-brainer. I have never regretted my choice for a second since I’ve come to OU.

Fast-forward to my junior year and I can hardly believe the places I’ve been as a result of the Cutler Scholars Program. From a sea-kayaking trip in North Carolina, to a sea-turtle conservation project in Ostional, Costa Rica, to an internship with a start-up biotech company right here in Athens: the Cutler Scholars have shaped my life in countless ways.

Below are a couple of pictures from my time in Ostional. The pictures were taken when it was basically pitch dark out, while we were out on patrol.

Ostional, Costa Rica

Ostional, Costa Rica

During the school year, all of the scholars meet up for a weekly discussion session which covers a wide variety of different topics from semester to semester. Colloquium is often my favorite part of the week because it gives me an hour to unwind from the hard math and science of engineering by discussing current events, philosophy, and a myriad of other subjects.

Former OU President Dr. Charles Ping often joins us for these discussions, and one of his nuggets of wisdom which really stuck with me was when he told us, “You are all the products of incredible generosity.” The benefactors for each of our scholarships have made investments in each of us not so that we can travel around the world purely for our enjoyment, but so we can truly make a difference in the lives of others.

I cannot find the words to accurately express everything which the Cutler Scholars Program has meant to me, but I can say without a doubt that without the generosity of the Russ Family, I would not be the person I am today.

Funding College Education

Kelly McCoy

Kelly McCoy,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 18 October 2013 – Every college student struggles with the same dilemma at least once in their collegiate career: how am I going to find the money to pay for this next semester? How am I going to afford rent next year? How can I finance my education and still have a fun and active social life? I know I have met this challenge many times, and it can seem almost impossible at times to scrape together the money needed to survive college. As I finish up my time here at OU, I reflect on the many sources of income I have used in order to have a continuous education and keep my student debt as small as possible.

I was lucky to enroll at OU with the promise of several scholarships I earned because of my performance in high school, and these have helped tremendously. I also filled out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form every year, and this gave me access to many grants, subsidized loans, and unsubsidized loans. I highly recommend this form for any student worried about paying for their education; it is available online for free, and is completed with your parents. It’s a great place to start.

Ohio University also has an easy online form for students to fill out to become eligible for aid provided by the university or specific college. When I first completed this form I was awarded several forms of financial aid just because of my field of study and academic achievements and without having to fill out individual scholarship packets. From there, I visited the Financial Aid office (located in Chubb Hall) multiple times a quarter/semester. They are always getting information for new scholarship and grant opportunities for any and all disciplines.

I also scoured the internet for “free money” in the form of smaller grants or scholarships. Many of these were through small philanthropic organizations that had annual scholarship monies that would often go unclaimed year after year because they simply didn’t have any applicants! I’ll admit, writing essays and gathering transcripts and letters of recommendation was a daunting task at first, but after a few individual scholarship applications I had several essays I could modify and a group of people who I knew I could count on for a stellar letter of recommendation. By the time I was in my 4th year I had won several smaller scholarships that added up to be a huge help in paying for college. It doesn’t hurt to try! Student and professional organizations are also a great source of financial help. It just takes a little bit of time to look.

I’ve also worked many jobs over the course of my education, from a van driver to an usher to working at a bar. Some of these jobs I found with help from the university, and others by sending my resume to any business that would take it. There’s always a way to pay those tuition bills! If you ever have any questions, visit the friendly people at Financial Aid and they’ll help you as much as they can!