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Giving Back and Coming Back

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Our mission is to provide students with a world-class education in mechanical, aerospace and nuclear engineering.  We are grateful to our alumni and friends, who are instrumental to this mission, for their unwavering support.


Get involved!

You can make a positive impact on the lives of the

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next generation of engineers through personal interaction, career support and mentorship.

For example, the department seeks alumni and friends interested in getting involved with our capstone design programs and student organizations.

Learn more by contacting Debbie Schroeder, chief development officer of the College of Engineering, or 614-247-7297.

Endowment and Scholarship Funds

Did you know? The department's first endowed scholarship was established in 1946 as the William Arthur Evens Memorial Scholarship, supporting mechanical engineering students.

Since then, many alumni and friends have setup endowments and scholarships to further the mission of the department. All funds are submitted to Ohio State’s Board of Trustees for approval. Here is a selection of high-impact endowments and scholarships:

  • The largest student-aid endowment, The Ada Richardson Pressman Scholarship Fund, has provided support to more than 500 students
  • The Bruce and Judy Lavash Scholarship Fund provides four annual scholarships for undergraduate students, selected based on financial need and academic merit
  • The Doug Ball Endowed Aerospace Scholarship Fund supports one or more undergraduate students majoring in aerospace engineering
  • The Rex and Helen Ritchie Endowed Graduate Scholarship Fund provides one or more scholarships for graduate students in mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • Several funds were eligible for matching funds as part of Ohio State’s Scholarship Challenge.

We acknowledge those who have made leadership gifts to establish these endowed scholarships, supporting students who will make a difference in the engineering profession and in the world. THANK YOU!

But for Ohio State Campaign Closes

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At The Ohio State University’s commencement ceremonies, graduates from around the world receive diplomas and join the ever-growing Buckeye family. As part of this family, we thank you for making an impact through your support of the But for Ohio State campaign and the department’s mission of placing students first.

At the close of the campaign, the MAE Leadership Fund raised $283,000 in discretionary funds, providing valuable resources to support student innovation and faculty excellence. And, the Curriculum Reform Fund raised $1.1 million through the end of the campaign, supporting emerging curriculum and teaching approaches to meet the learning styles of today’s engineering students. None of this would be possible without your generosity and connection to the department and Ohio State. 

Students First

Consider a gift to the department to support student fellowships and scholarships, or make a gift to a designated fund. 

  • MAE Leadership Fund
  • ME Graduate Fellowship Fund
  • ME Curriculum Reform Fund
  • Aeronautical Engineering Fund
  • Nuclear Engineering Discretionary Fund


Ways to Give

There are a variety of ways to make a gift to Ohio State:

  • Cash - fully deductible for federal income tax purposes provided deductions are itemized
  • Pledges - plan a personal giving program
  • Securities – can be made as gifts or as a payment on a pledge. Stock certificates may be reassigned or transferred
  • Planned Giving  - leave a legacy by making a charitable gift now or from your estate
  • Endowed Funds - a dependable and perpetual source of support
  • Matching Gifts - Did you know?  Many employers sponsor matching gift programs which can double or triple your gift
  • Named Gift – honor a family member, friend, colleague, classmate, or faculty member
  • Other - alternatives to monetary gifts such as equipment or books