Alumni Relations and Success Stories

Alumni Relations

Although not a college or school, the Ohio State Office of Diversity and Inclusion has served and continues to serve thousands of Ohio State students with life-changing scholarships, tutoring and mentoring services, student employment opportunities, and other programming. These vital opportunities, established to support the University's diversity mission, have rendered ODI the university home for thousands of students, past and present.

Below are ODI's significant scholarship and student support programs. Some of these programs reach back decades to Ohio State alumni who consider ODI scholarships and programming the foundation to their academic and professional success.

The Morrill Scholarship program Graduate and Professional Recruitment initiative (GPS) The ACCESS Collaborative The Bell National Resource Center Student Employment through the Hale Black Cultural Center

Success Stories

YSP Alumnae: The Tolliver Sisters

Raised to always believe they would graduate from college, sisters Sophia, Sylvia and Starling Tolliver responded by exceeding expectations. Together, they hold nine Ohio State degrees, abundant appreciation for the Young Scholars Program and a steadfast commitment to their communities.

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Carly Sobol

The day that Morrill Scholar Carly Sobol held a brain in her hand, it changed her life forever. That day came during Sobol's freshman year as the budding neuroscience major got up close and personal with raw gray matter. “I thought, ‘Alright, this is the coolest thing in the world,'” Sobol recalled with a laugh. “I'm a big advocate for humanism in medicine and my neuroscience background has helped me understand the human part of behavior.”

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Marquis Gaines

A recent Young Scholars Program graduate has taken the road less traveled all the way around the world to a pro basketball career in Spain.

Despite starring on The Ohio State University's club basketball team—a notch below the men's varsity team—Marquis Gaines is headed back to Spain to play his second season of pro basketball after earning his degree in human development and family science this December.

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