Ohio University is one of five public universities to receive a share of a $2.5 million OhioCorps pilot program grant administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
Funding will be used to provide at-risk secondary students with guidance and positive role models that will help them succeed as they transition to higher education. OU received a grant in the amount of $499,986.
“I’m pleased that we are able to award this funding to five public universities that have plans in place to serve at-risk students in their region,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed, and the OhioCorps Pilot Program Grant will help ensure that the students served by this program will get the support they need to achieve their goals.”
OHIO’s award will help fund the OHIO MENTOR (Mentoring, Engaging, Nurturing, and Teaching for Opioid Resistance) program, which will serve students in eight counties across southeast Ohio through targeted mentoring and service learning activities. The planned approach, which will encompass Ohio University’s five regional campuses and two of its colleges, will enlist several undergraduate and graduate students as mentors. The program will serve 140 freshmen and sophomores from 11 targeted high schools
“The reach of our pilot project in the southeast region will have a tremendous impact on communities hardest hit by the opioid epidemic,” said Ohio University Southern Dean Nicole Pennington. “The high school and university students in our OHIO MENTOR project will benefit from mentorship and service learning as the region continues to overcome challenges stemming from the opioid epidemic. This initiative will provide Ohio University and the Regional Campuses with resources to support southeast Ohio students in a meaningful way.”
“We look forward to collaborating with the Regional Campuses and the College of Health Sciences and Professions to bolster education and help strengthen communities in our region,” said Patton College Dean Renée A. Middleton. “This is an excellent opportunity for select faculty in our college to continue important outreach work that aligns with mentoring young learners with endless potential.”
“OHIO MENTOR provides another vital pathway in our commitment to addressing the scourge of opiate abuse in our region and the state,” said Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions Dean Randy Leite. “Connecting high school students within at-risk communities to university student mentors will help to expand our collective efforts to reduce opiate abuse among today’s teenagers.”
Other universities receiving a share of the grant are Cleveland State, Kent State, Shawnee State, and Youngstown State.
About the Ohio Department of Higher Education
The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) 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.