Pictured above: ODU President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D. with Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner.
The state of Ohio has awarded Ohio Dominican University (ODU) a grant for nearly $181,000 to support students and strengthen the state’s workforce development in numerous technology-related fields. The five-year, $180,810 Choose Ohio First grant will provide scholarship assistance to ODU students who are studying in its Computer Science program.
Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner and Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted made the announcement on Dec. 12, 2019, at the University of Dayton. Ohio Dominican is one of 35 colleges and universities across the state that will receive funds from the Choose Ohio First program. A total of $20,580,770 will be awarded over the next five years to support as many as 1,400 Ohio students.
“The Choose Ohio First program is one of our state’s best tools to increase the number of students preparing to work in STEM-related fields,” Husted said. “In today’s technology-infused economy, every industry and business has important tech-focused jobs, and training Ohioans for careers in those positions is key to growing our economy.”
“I am grateful that Ohio Dominican was selected as one of the recipients of these scholarship funds, and I am excited for our talented students who will benefit directly from it as they pursue their passion for technology and prepare for a rewarding career in this rapidly expanding sector,” said ODU President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D.
“The ongoing investment in the Choose Ohio First program demonstrates the commitment of Governor DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Husted, and the General Assembly to build a talent pipeline in Ohio to the leading technology occupations,” Gardner said. “This new focused scholarship will further strengthen the Choose Ohio First program and put more students on a path to success.”
About the Choose Ohio First Program
The Choose Ohio First scholarship program began in 2008 as a way to increase the number of Ohio students enrolling in and successfully completing science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) programs at Ohio’s public and independent colleges and universities. Husted, in his then-role as speaker of the house, led the efforts to create the COF program in 2008.
About the Ohio Department of Higher Education
The Ohio Department of Higher Education is a Cabinet-level agency for the governor of the state of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.