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Impact Stories

The power of giving extends beyond the classroom: expanding learning, reaching local neighborhoods and helping build our common future. It is because of you that we are able to make such an impact on the lives of our students, faculty, community and beyond. Read some of our inspiring stories below.

Alum James Johnson endows new scholarship in Arts and Sciences 

two men and a baby watching a football game

James “JJ” Johnson ’73 has pledged to create the James and Andrew Johnson Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at The Ohio State University. This generous gift will provide scholarships to Ohio State students, particularly those from Johnson’s own alma mater, Wheelersburg High School in Scioto County, Ohio.

With this scholarship, Johnson hopes to repay a debt he feels he owes to those who helped him. The scholarship specifically aims to support students from Wheelersburg, an expression of gratitude for the teachers there who helped Johnson find his way to and through his education at Ohio State.

Alumni Awards recognize distinguished alumni for service, achievements

Alumni Awards 2023 honoree medals

Each spring, the Alumni Awards recognize a distinguished few of our more than 220,000 living alumni whose accomplishments are tangible evidence of the lasting value of an Arts and Sciences education. 

This April, we celebrated the extraordinary successes and service of five individuals with backgrounds and careers in business and leadership, law and public service, chemistry, geology and corporate and community engagement.

31st annual Fergus Family Art Exhibition showcases donor impact on the arts

The (Un)Consumable

This January marked the 31st annual Fergus Family Art Exhibition, where 15 talented students from across the College of Arts and Sciences were selected to show their work at the Hopkins Hall Gallery on campus. This exhibition and many other opportunities for arts students are possible through the generosity of the Fergus family. Learn more about this year’s show and the family behind it in this article.

Friends of Arts and Sciences in memoriam: Sander Flaum, Norm Earhart and Bob Katz

Ohio State Oval at dawn

Earlier this year, the College of Arts and Sciences lost three generous donors and volunteers in quick succession. While this tribute does not encompass all those who have passed, we are proud to share the story of how these three friends of the college impacted physics, speech and hearing, and the marching band.

Soul mates and science: At Ohio State, Howard Johnson found 2 loves

Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson’s willingness to forge new paths led him to a highly decorated career as a professor, microbiologist and immunologist. Read more about Johnson’s story and his hopes for future problem-solvers to flourish with help from his endowment, which supports research in fields such as biophysics, molecular genetics and gene activation.

College appoints first Arts and Sciences Alumni Professorships made possible by generous estate gift

Matthew Sullivan

Professor Matthew Sullivan runs an Ohio State lab that studies viruses in various environments to understand their ecosystem roles, helping to fight superbugs and other nuisance bacteria. Learn more about his groundbreaking work on the world stage thanks to the generous funding of an estate gift.

Alumni generosity supports Ohio State gun violence research

Brad Bushman

An estate gift from two Ohio State alumni who graduated in the 1930s is helping a researcher today study how media affects gun violence, particularly in children. Read more about how their gift established the Margaret Hall and Robert Randall Rinehart Chair and the important research the current chairholder, Dr. Brad Bushman, is conducting.

Donor-supported center enhances writing and communications course for STEM majors

Exterior view of Hayes Hall

The Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing (CSTW) fosters excellence in these skills at the university. Contributions from donors allow the center to reach more students and faculty than ever before in creative and interdisciplinary ways — such as a collaborative course offered to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students to help them improve their writing and communication skills beyond a traditional STEM education.

Reflections on a year in the Timashev Family Music Building

CJ McGhee

The Timashev Family Music Building opened to students, faculty and the public in autumn 2022. This state-of-the-art facility brings together all School of Music education and instruction under one roof and welcomes the community to campus. Learn more about School of Music student CJ McGhee’s favorite experiences in the new facility as he reflects on his senior year in the Music Education program, and hear from School of Music director Michael Ibrahim, who walks you through some of the most exciting spaces in the new facility, made possible by donor support.

If you have any questions about your giving, please contact the Arts and Sciences Advancement team at ascadvancement@osu.edu.