Record $7M Donation to CFAES Will Help Southeastern Ohio Students

Oct. 6, 2014

A $7 million estate gift from the late Delma Roush -- a record donation to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences -- creates an endowment fund that will transform the lives of students from southeastern Ohio for generations to come.

The Delma L. Roush Scholarship Fund will provide annual, renewable support to graduate or undergraduate students from Gallia, Meigs or Jackson counties. Eligible students must have finished in the top third of their high school class and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average while enrolled in the college, which includes Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute.

“This significant gift from one of Ohio’s own will greatly enhance the ability of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences to advance Ohio State’s land-grant mission,” said President Michael V. Drake. “We are thankful for the confidence Ms. Roush placed in our university as a global leader and for her considerable investment in our students.”

Though Roush did not attend the university, she wanted to encourage people to come to Ohio State, study agriculture and be able to begin their careers with as little debt as possible.

“This milestone gift will help generations of students from Southeastern Ohio continue their education at our university,” said Bruce McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the college. “We are grateful that Ms. Roush saw the value in our mission to lead innovation in food, agriculture and the environment. We are proud to play a part in her legacy.”

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