The Ohio State University at Lima

Ohio State Lima is part of grassroots pilot to support Zero Debt Initiative

August 26, 2021

Students at 2021 Dean's Convocation at Ohio State Lima

Ohio State Lima is one of seven pilot groups selected to lead a grassroots fundraising effort in support of President Kristina Johnson’s Zero Debt Initiative. Led by Ohio State’s first lady, Veronica Meinhard, this scholarship initiative is administered through and led by The Ohio State University Alumni Association’s clubs, special interest societies and regional campuses.

The Ohio Scholarship Challenge aims to develop and implement a grassroots fundraising initiative focused on peer-to-peer and volunteer-driven philanthropy from alumni and friends across the state of Ohio. A unique component of the Ohio Scholarship Challenge will feature a 1:1 donation match, made available to those giving to the designated scholarship funds.

Those funds selected for the Lima Scholarship Challenge will support students who face additional barriers to earning a degree, such as being first generation college students, or those pursuing majors that address workforce challenges for the region. Champions from local communities have generously committed matching contributions for all participating groups, including Lima. Alumni and friends who make a gift to the designated Lima funds will have their gifts doubled and become change agents for transforming the future of Ohio State Lima students and helping meet the match goal.

Other groups in this pilot include the TBDBITL Alumni Club, Scarlet and Gay: Ohio State LGBTQ Alumni Society, Cheer and Brutus Alumni Society, Greater Cleveland Alumni Club, Muskingum County Alumni Club and the Stadium Scholarship Program Society.

The Lima Scholarship Challenge will be promoted through campus events this fall, with the final push and completion of the challenge next spring. To learn how to support this initiative, contact Lesley Fry, director of advancement at Ohio State Lima at or 567-242-7373. To support the effort directly, click on the links below.

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