Please take this opportunity to recognize generosity during the But for Ohio State campaign that has helped the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences to become a leader in teaching, research and outreach.
In 2014, the estates of Geraldine and Arthur Winfough Jr. committed a $2.8 million gift to the college. Their generosity benefited CFAES students in general, as it kick-started construction of the new Library and Student Success Center. In addition, the gift helped establish three endowed funds that support Pickaway County students and OSU Extension there:
The Geraldine and Arthur Winfough, Jr. Scholarship Fund (#607734) provides four-year scholarships covering at least 25 percent of tuition and fees for CFAES undergraduates as part of the Pat and Bobby Moser Scholars Program. Preference is given to Pickaway County students.
The Geraldine and Arthur Winfough, Jr. Fund for Pickaway County Extension Education (#607742) supports professional development opportunities for Extension educators based in Pickaway County. Fund revenue has been used to cover registration fees for attendance or presentations at conferences, courses or testing to achieve relevant certifications, or continuing education.
“It just makes our job better,” Pickaway County Extension Director Mike Estadt said. “We get exposed to new ideas to bring back and adopt to our community. Having that revenue source is nice and can share it amongst all of our staff and faculty.”
The Geraldine and Arthur Winfough, Jr. Fund for STEM Education in Pickaway County supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education programs administered by OSU Extension in partnership with primary and secondary schools located in Pickaway County.
Thanks to the fund, a new position has been created for an extension educator specializing in community development, Estadt said. The educator will collaborate with Pickaway County schools, the Pickaway County Educational Service Center, Pickaway HELPS, local businesses, economic development groups and others.
The goal is to develop a comprehensive approach to enhancing community activities that promote STEM education for youth.