Alumni Giving and federal grants boost ODI programs

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Alumni Giving and federal grants boost ODI programs

More students will be taking part in life-changing Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) programs thanks to generous giving from accomplished alumni as well as higher education federal grant dollars being tapped.

Columbus City Schools graduates in ODI programs have found a friend in alumni John W. Matchett. Recently, Matchett established the John W. Matchett and Michael Misch Fund benefiting Columbus high school graduates pursuing careers in public service.

Meanwhile, Dr. William Pickard, founder, chairman and CEO of Global Automotive Alliance, recently expanded his support of his namesake Pickard Scholars Program. Established by Dr. Pickard in 2019 through a gift to ODI's Hale Center and the Bell National Resource Center, the Pickard Scholars Program develops student leaders with an interest in social, educational political, and economic issues impacting the African-American community.

Also receiving good news recently was ODI's Upward Bound-Wooster Program as well as an offshoot of the office's educational abroad trip to the Dominican Republic. Upward Bound-Wooster received new funding from the Army Educational Outreach Program, Technology Student Association and Battelle Memorial Institute to begin a STEM-intensive program for targeted students in the summers of 2020 and 2021. And ODI recently received news that a cooperative agreement proposal with USAID designed to boost the capacity of Dominican Republic higher education institutions in serving marginalized youth has been funded. An education abroad initiative trip to the Dominican Republic begun in 2019 has sparked new ties between ODI and the island nation.