Ohio Dominican University has received an $80,000 gift from Robert “Bob” Weiler to expand a scholarship fund that provides financial support for Columbus City Schools students who aspire to attain an ODU education through the University’s Panther Promise Program. The Robert J. Weiler Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 and now totals $100,000.
Weiler currently serves as chairman of the board for The Robert Weiler Company, a commercial real estate firm located in Columbus, Ohio.
A former president of the Columbus Board of Education, Weiler co-founded I Know I Can in 1988 to provide CCS students with resources to help them pursue a college education. In spring 2018, ODU partnered with I Know I Can to create the Panther Promise Program, which provides eligible CCS, Whitehall City, and South-Western City Schools students with financial resources and support to help make an ODU education attainable.
“At the core of Ohio Dominican’s mission is helping to provide access to higher education to students who may find paying for college to be an insurmountable challenge,” Weiler said. “We are grateful to be in a position to help students from Columbus City Schools who aspire to receive a first-class, values-based college experience with this investment in our scholarship fund at ODU.”
“We are extremely thankful for Bob’s generosity and tireless advocacy for the young men and women who graduate from Columbus City Schools with the desire to receive a Catholic Dominican college education,” said ODU President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D. “These gifts and scholarships are critically important to breaking down barriers, opening doors and lifting up individuals who have bright dreams, but may need additional resources to make them a reality.”
Weiler earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, and a master’s degree in real estate and doctoral degree in finance from The Ohio State University. He earned a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1983.
He has served as chairman for the Ohio Real Estate Appraiser Board; president of the Ohio Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and the Columbus Board of Realtors; director of the National Association of Realtors, and chairman of the United Way. Weiler also has served in leadership roles with many Central Ohio organizations, including Capital University, Center of Science and Industry (COSI), the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Pilot Dogs, Inc., Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Central Ohio Transit Authority, The Ohio State University Athletic Council, Columbus Urban League and Columbus Metropolitan YMCA.