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New Academic Year Brings New Scholarship Support for Students

UC provides more than $46 million in institutional aid to undergraduates. This number includes new scholarships offered for the first time this fall.

Date: 9/4/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Ashley Kempher

UC ingot   Thanks to both donations and institutional commitment, the University of Cincinnati will offer new scholarships to students this fall.

This institutional support now totals more than $46 million, and is in addition to state, federal and other outside sources of financial support for undergraduate students.

This increased institutional support stems from a variety of sources, including the success of UC’s recently completed Proudly Cincinnati campaign, which raised more than $1 billion in private support from more than 100,000 donors.

Other support stems from university re-allocations. For instance, the university sold its president’s residence in 2013, and the funds from that sale, plus the operating funds, created an amount roughly equivalent to a $3-million endowment, enough to eventually support (within four years' time) approximately $160,000 a year for student financial assistance.

According to UC President Santa J. Ono, “College affordability is a top priority for families and students. I want us to think in new ways to do whatever we can to help students achieve their dreams for college educations.”
Evan Johnson in front of UC's McMicken Hall.
Thanks to the Niehoff Presidential Scholars Program, Evan Johnson received a first-year fellowship and research support related to his doctoral history studies.

Patti and Buck Niehoff, who had donated the residence (an Edgecliff Point condominium) to UC as a presidential residence, supported the idea of selling it to create scholarships.

“President Ono’s decision not to live in an official university residence and to convert it into scholarships was a very generous act. It’s another example of how he puts students first in everything he does at UC,” said Buck Niehoff, an alumnus of UC’s College of Law and a former UC Board of Trustees member.

The 2013 sale of the university  president’s residence established the Niehoff Presidential Scholars Program. That program will eventually provide about $160,000 annually to support scholarships. It will also provide an award reserved for a graduate student in history, reflecting the Niehoff family’s deep regard for scholarship in history.

Students benefiting from the Niehoff Presidential Scholars Program this year are
  • Evan Johnson, most recently of Athens, Georgia, where he received his master's in history from the University of Georgia, is beginning his doctoral studies in history this fall at UC, where he will receive a first-year fellowship and research support to study the impact of Europe’s devastating Thirty Years’ War on the civilian population of what is, today, Germany.
  • Thanks to the Niehoff Presidential Scholars Program, 29 incoming women students and students of color in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) majors will receive scholarship awards, renewable each year for up to four years. 


Increased institutional support of $300,000 in fall 2014 will support undergraduates in the Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program. The increased support is allowing seven current Turner scholars to receive additional scholarship aid, while three additional incoming students will receive renewable scholarship packages to cover tuition, books, room and board over four years.

Starting fall 2014, increased funding from the Graduate School and the Office of the Provost will invest an additional $200,000 annually towards the Yates Scholarship Program. UC’s Yates Scholars Program supports the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with high potential for academic success in UC graduate programs.


The James O’Reilly International Student Scholarship Fund for the Master of Public Health Degree
The scholarship, supported by a $100,000 gift, benefits students from developing nations who plan to return to their home countries to improve public health.
  • Maria Nakafeero of Kabingo, Uganda, is the first recipient of the O’Reilly scholarship. Her interest in public health was fueled by the loss of four of her 13 siblings after they succumbed to preventable health conditions.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program
In 2014-15, UC’s College of Nursing will receive $50,000 to support traditionally underrepresented students who are making a career switch to nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s degree program.

  • New Scholarships Help Support Students Pursuing Engineering and Applied Science Majors