ODI Scholarship Reception :: 2019

Students have photo taken with Ohio Stadium backdrop

Dozens of Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) students joined program benefactors, parents and ODI staff members to celebrate their 2018-19 academic successes at an elegant scholarship reception in early April.

“My mother once said to me the most powerful two words you can say are, ‘Thank you,’” said Dr. James Moore III, the vice-provost of ODI told the crowd gathered at the Longaberger Alumni House on April 3rd. “So I don’t take what you’ve done lightly.”

During the specially catered dinner, several ODI students addressed the crowd including Jimmy Nash, a third-year Morrill Scholar who was one of this year’s William F. Pickard Scholarship recipients. “I’m a proud first-generation college student because I know I’m pioneering a path not just for my sisters, but for future generations to see that education is a pathway within their reach,” said Nash in reference to his younger siblings.

Following Nash to the stage was Tamara Dorsey, a Morrill Scholar who also was a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund recipient this year. Dorsey spoke about her passion for teaching with the Children’s Defense Fund and her upcoming summer internship in Washington D.C. where she will study education and child welfare policy. “I realize that creating social change is like the little boat that treks through a sea of high waters,” she said.

At the ceremony, the executive board of the Columbus chapter of The Links, an African-American service organization for women, presented Moore with a $20,000 check for the ODI scholarship fund from money raised at a special ball held in late 2018. “We are focused on young women being able to move forward in their educational success,” said Priscilla Tyson, current Columbus City Councilwoman and a Links board member. “Education has always been the key for people of color to move forward.”

Moore praised the group for “paying forward” with their generous gift to ODI as well as their ongoing scholarship endowment. “This is another example of giving back and planting the seeds for the next generation,” he said. “That’s what makes Ohio State special—it’s the tenacity, it’s the care, and the compassion for this institution.”