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Wright State announces scholarship fund for Ohio National Guard

Wright State University is starting a $100,000 scholarship fund to assist members of the Ohio National Guard who are attending graduate school.

“Wright State has a great history of supporting the military and it’s just continuing on that,” said state Sen. Bob Hackett, R-London.

The fund will pay up to $2,500 in tuition per semester for a full-time graduate student who is also a member of the Ohio National Guard. Students enrolling in any graduate program at the university are eligible to receive the scholarship.

The scholarship fund will be the “first program of its kind in the state,” according to the university. It is expected to support about 20 students a year.

“We already have a lot of undergraduate National Guard students at Wright State, so this could become a pipeline,” said Robert Fyffe, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School. “You come here as an undergrad and you stay as a grad student. That means the university benefits across all of the colleges.”

The new scholarship fund was modeled after a similar one in partnership with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2014. More than 150 graduate students have received support from the program since it was established two years ago, according to the university.

“What I would really like to see as a general … is that other institutions of higher learning decide to pick up what Wright State is doing and replicate this type of benefit throughout the state of Ohio,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Bartman.

Facelift

Ohio Stadium may get a $39 million makeover as Ohio State’s board of trustees will consider approving the project during its November meeting.

If approved, the stadium will get new suites and boxes for fans, according to the university. The work to refurbish the “Horseshoe’ will be finished in time for the start of the 2020 football season.

Catch fire

The City of Moraine is donating a Fire Engine to Sinclair Community College’s Fire Science Academy. The 1986 Pierce Lance Engine will provide Fire Science Academy students further opportunities to train with equipment used in real life. Sinclair’s Fire Science Academy has graduated 521 over the past five years.

NASA funds study

A University of Dayton geologist, along with three geologists from other universities, received a $630,000 grant from NASA to study the potential of glacial lakes to flood in Asia’s Himalaya mountain range.

Associate professor Umesh Haritashya and his team will develop tools to investigate the role of glacial lakes in speeding the thinning and retreat of glaciers in the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and China. Haritashya’s research project begins Feb. 1 and is funded through 2020.

Winning pitch

Logan Wacker, a UD senior studying entrepreneurship, won first place in the first round of Flyer Pitch. Walker will be awarded $1,500 for Career Lead, a web platform for students to help guide their academic choices based on their career interests.

Flyer Pitch awards $150,000 in cash prizes and $150,000 of in-kind support to students pitching their business ideas to judges. The competition is similar to the TV show “Shark Tank.”

Wittenberg recognized

Wittenberg University was named to the 2015 Honor Roll in the category of General Community Service with Distinction for the 10th time. The award was based on the university’s community service efforts for the 2013 to 2014 school years.

Wittenberg was one of only six Ohio institutions receiving the honor. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities that reflect the values of community service.

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