The Ohio State University at Marion


New scholarship supports education undergrads at all regional campuses

June 13, 2022
New scholarship supports education undergrads at all regional campuses

Foster Family Scholarships begin in autumn 2022

The new Foster Family Scholarship for Early Childhood Education will provide support to third- and fourth-year Ohio State undergrads studying early childhood education or the equivalent at one of Ohio State’s regional campuses in Marion, Lima, Mansfield or Newark.

This is the first scholarship that will support education students at all the regional campuses. The Foster family has a long history of supporting early childhood education and literacy initiatives. Their incredible generosity has supported educational programming and scholarships at Ohio State for four decades.

The Foster Family Scholarship will endow after Ohio State’s Board of Trustee approval this spring and will then award the $1 million dollar endowment in perpetuity. Students will begin receiving scholarships for the autumn semester 2022. When the fund reaches fruition, each campus will receive approximately $10,000 per year to distribute to qualifying students.

The gift is part of the Scarlet and Gray Advantage program, which means the university will double the impact of the Foster family gift. 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. Ohio State will raise at least $800 million over the next decade to expand undergraduate scholarships.