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Giving Back and Coming Back

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 for their unwavering support. 

But for Ohio State Campaign Closes

At The Ohio State University’s spring commencement ceremony, graduates from 97 countries and six continents received diplomas, joining the Buckeye family of more than 540,000 alumni around the world.  As part of this family, we thank you for making an impact through your support of the campaign – and MAE’s mission of placing students first.

As 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 is possible without your generosity and connection to the department and Ohio State. 

Thank you for giving back and coming back.

NEW! Endowment and Scholarship Funds

MAE’s first endowed scholarship was established in 1946, the William Arthur Evens Memorial Scholarship, supporting mechanical engineering students.  And, the largest student-aid endowment, The Ada Richardson Pressman Scholarship Fund, has provided support to more than 500 students. 

Today, 58 student funds support graduate and undergraduate students, including several new and/or recently approved funds awarded for the first time in 2015. 

  • 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 and some are still building based upon existing pledges.  All funds are submitted to Ohio State’s Board of Trustees for approval.

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.

Placing Students First

Consider a gift to MAE to support student fellowships, scholarships or make a gift to a designated fund.  Click here to learn more.

Ways to Give

There are a variety of ways to make a gift to Ohio State. Click here to learn more.

  • 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

Get involved!

You can make a difference and a positive impact on the lives of the next generation engineers through personal interaction, career support and mentorship.

Contact Debbie Schroeder, chief development officer and interim chief advancement officer at the College of Engineering, schroeder.468@osu.edu or at 614-247-7297.