The Ohio State University at Marion

Someone will secure their future through community engagement

"They don't just look at your grades when accounting for scholarships. Showing hard work, getting involved, and doing your bets with academics can pay dividends."

Sophomore special education major, Trent Ramsey knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity. When he was just 10-years-old, his father suffered a heart attack, leaving his mother to raise him and his older brother on her own. Like many single parent households, His family did not have the disposable income or college savings plan that some students have entering college. This has stop him from pursuing his dreams. The 2016 Marion Harding High School grad was always involved as a high school student, taking part in athletics, student organizations, community volunteering, and his schools college access program GearUp. Ramsey now sees his willingness to get involved in school and the community paying off in terms of making college affordable. “They don’t just look at your grades when accounting for scholarships,” Ramsey said. “Showing hard work, getting involved, and doing your best with academics can pay dividends.” His first year in school and a portion of his college living expenses are paid-in-full thanks to the scholarship and aid package he received to attend Ohio State Marion. Entering his freshman year, he earned $10 thousand a year in scholarship and aid, including a Pell Grant, $1,000 from Ohio State Marion’s GoBuck$ program, an Alber Scholarship, and the Marion Community Foundation’s Mandy Kruder Memorial Scholarship for $3 thousand. This means a great deal to Ramsey, because he knows without the aid package he received college would be a much different experience. “It shows an investment in me. If I didn’t have these dollars, college would be more intimidating because of the worries about student loans,” he explained. “I don’t want to feel like I am letting down the Black Heritage Council, Marion City Schools, Ohio State Marion, or the Mandy Kruder Scholarship.” All of which Ramsey credits for helping secure his future.