Earl and Betty Hawkins

New ATI Scholarship Helps Bridge the Gap

In 2007, Earl and Betty Hawkins made the largest gift in the Agricultural Technical Institute’s (ATI) history with a donation of the $4.8 million Hawk’s Nest Golf Club, which is ranked among North America’s best 201 public access courses.  As Dr. Bobby Moser, vice president of agriculture administration at Ohio State said during the ceremony in honor of their generous donation, “the gift has continued and will continue to serve as a hands-on laboratory for ATI students for years to come.”

Recently, Mr. Hawkins expanded that legacy of helping ATI students through his support of a newly endowed scholarship.

The Earl and Betty Hawkins Endowed Scholarship, which was endowed with a $150,000 gift, will create opportunities that directly benefit students who are the first in their families to attend college.  This scholarship will provide ATI students access to a quality education that will enrich their lives as well as their families’.  Tuition and fees at ATI and Ohio State’s other regional campuses is $6,525 annually. Most students are eligible for up to $5,500 in grants, loans and other aid. The Earl and Betty Hawkins Endowed scholarship fund will enable ATI to award at least six students funding to help cover this $1,000 gap.  Mr. Hawkins believes that providing assistance for deserving students—also a top University priority—is truly the single most meaningful way to make a direct difference in the lives of students.