A $50,000 grant from JP Morgan Chase & Co. to The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) will support programs on five OFIC member campuses aimed at recruiting minority students.
The University of Dayton, Lourdes College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio Northern University, and Otterbein College were granted funding through a competitive proposal submission process. Their proposed programs were designed to increase the number of minority students who are recruited, accepted, and succeed at OFIC member institutions and will be carried out in collaboration with local school districts, community colleges and college access programs. Project programs will be developed and implemented through the summer of 2009 and the 2009-2010 academic year to affect acceptance and enrollment rates for Fall 2011.
JPMorgan Chase & Co., a 55-year donor to OFIC with a cumulative giving total of nearly $1.4 million, has supported OFIC's diversity initiatives since their inception in 2003. "Learning in a diverse environment surrounded by people with differing perspectives and backgrounds enriches the educational experience," said Jeff Lyttle, Midwest Region Vice President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. "We hope our long-time support for this program has enabled Ohio's independent colleges to fund the important work of recruiting a diverse group of students to their campuses."
It has always been an integral part of the mission of Ohio's independent colleges to provide higher education to students from all socio-economic backgrounds, and efforts are ongoing to increase diversity on their campuses. These colleges register 33% of all Ohio students enrolled in 4-year degree programs, yet they grant 37% of all degrees earned by minority students.