More than three dozen students make up Ohio Dominican University’s inaugural Panther Promise Program class. The 37 students graduated from a Columbus City Schools (CCS) high school and represent 16 different zip codes across the city. This year’s class also represents a 54 percent increase in number of CCS graduates who enrolled at ODU (16 students enrolled in fall 2017).
In spring 2018, ODU partnered with I Know I Can to create the Panther Promise Program, which provides eligible CCS students with financial resources and support to help make an ODU education attainable. A major component of the program is a scholarship that is available to students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. When taking into consideration the Panther Promise Scholarship and additional financial resources, most students are able to attend Ohio Dominican at little to no tuition cost to them.
In fall 2019, the program will be expanded to include eligible students from South-Western City Schools and Whitehall-Yearling High School.
“We’re thrilled to welcome these students to Ohio Dominican, and provide them with an outstanding education and experience they can use to propel them toward personal, professional and spiritual growth and success,” said ODU vice president for Enrollment and Student Success, Julie Burdick.
Students participating in the program have opportunities to connect with the Ohio Dominican community by attending numerous campus events and activities, such as its New Student Orientation, Welcome Week Celebration, Core speaker series, faculty meet-and-greet events, and other social gatherings.
CCS students interested in learning more about this program can visit ohiodominican.edu/Promise, or contact ODU’s Office of Undergraduate Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-251-4500.