The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges has distributed $81,600 in UPS scholarships to 34 low-income students at private colleges and universities in the state.
The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C.
Nationally, CIC and the UPS Foundation teamed up to provide nearly $1.5 million in student scholarships this year that will be distributed through state-based private college associations around the country.
Colleges in Ohio which received UPS Scholarships this year from OFIC include Ashland, Baldwin Wallace, Bluffton, Capital, Cedarville, Denison, Franklin, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Lourdes, Malone, Mount Vernon Nazarene, Muskingum, Ohio Dominican, Ohio Northern, Ohio Wesleyan, Otterbein, Urbana, Walsh and Wittenberg universities; Defiance, Hiram, Kenyon, Lake Erie, Marietta, Notre Dame, Oberlin, Ursuline and Wilmington colleges; University of Dayton, The University of Findlay, Franciscan University of Steubenville, University of Mount Union, and The College of Wooster.
“In 2011, The UPS Foundation and UPS employees directed $93.5 million in philanthropy and in-kind services, including more than 1.6 million hours of volunteer service, to the local communities in which we operate,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “UPS is proud to continue that spirit of giving by partnering with CIC to support thousands of students working to become the leaders of tomorrow by obtaining an education from our nation’s private colleges.”
The UPS Scholarships are funded by the CIC-UPS Educational Endowment Fund, which is held and administered by CIC.
Since its inception, this fund has generated nearly $49 million in scholarship aid to support more than 17,000 students.
“Through this national scholarship program, CIC and UPS are delighted to make it possible for 609 deserving young men and women to attend the private college or university of their choice,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “By directly assisting students with significant financial need, CIC and UPS are helping a new generation of students achieve their dreams of a college education.”
The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 640 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and 90 higher-education organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society.