The Ohio State University at Lima


2018 Spring for Scholarships


Ohio State Lima Spring for Scholarships


Former Ohio State and NFL football player William White returned to his hometown as the keynote speaker for the 2018 Spring for Scholarships event at Ohio State Lima.

White spoke of education as an investment in time and effort for the students and in scholarship dollars for the attendees.

“You are helping the economy of the great state of Ohio by giving,” White said. “It really is an investment. According to a student life survey, 93 percent of the students who graduate from Ohio State Lima intend to stay in the state. 93 percent.”

Ohio State Lima has been at the top of the list of Ohio State campuses for graduates two years running who want to stay in the state and build lives and careers, and someday pay it forward to the next generation of students.

Student speaker Levi Brake (2018, BS Education) is starting already to build up the next generation. He spent his senior year teaching at Liberty Arts Magnet in Lima.

“These students need me to be a mentor, a confidante, a shelter, and sometimes they need me to be a verbal kick to the backside, to remind them who they are, what they want, and what they need to do in order to get there,” Brake said. “I may not have the fiscal means to invest in future generations right now, but, for now, I will invest my time and every ounce of energy I have into my students to pay back this community.”

The students’ gratitude and dedication made an impression on White. In the midst of his address, he threw in a tour of the Woody Hayes complex as an impromptu live auction item. After a bidding war between the evening’s emcee Jeff Tracy and board member Larry Webb, the two both donated to the scholarship fund.

With the nearly $30,000 raised at Spring for Scholarships 2018, the scholarship fund now has more than $400,000 devoted to student aid.

For more from student Levi Brake and other students, click here.

Event Partners

Scarlet Sponsor

2018 Ohio State Lima Spring for Scholarships Scarlet Sponsor Mercy Health

Gray Sponsors:

Mr. and Mrs. George M. Brooks HCF Management, Inc.
Husky Lima Refinery Lima Memorial Health System
Nutrien Spherion of Lima
Webb Insurance Agency, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Bud Winzenried
Lifelong Learning Institute

Buckeye Sponsor

Dominion East Ohio
Hometown Lima Stations

The success of our event is due in part of the generosity of our event partners. We have three primary sponsorship levels: Scarlet, Gray and Buckeye with a fourth Brutus level sponsor which recognizes those who contribute to our raffle and silent auction. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities click here for a PDF listing how your sponsorship can impact the lives of our Ohio State Lima students.

Would you like to sponsor Spring for Scholarships? Call Lesley Fry at 419-995-8671 for additional information.

Guest experience

Ohio State Lima's a capella group Carmony performed, a variety of auctions and raffles loaded with awesome "OSU experience" packages was available for bidding, and delicious, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a sweets table were provided for guests' tasting pleasure. Our Student Ambassadors and scholarship recipients were available throughout the evening to give a first-hand testimony of how the funds raised during the Spring for Scholarships event has impacted their academic experience.

To date, the Spring for Scholarships program has raised over $385,000 for Ohio State Lima students. Here are a few testimonials which share how these funds impact our students' lives. We thank all those who helped to make this achievement possible and look forward to continuing to build and grow our fund to provide students access to an outstanding education.

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