Friday, June 27, 2008

OBR Announces Ohio Innovation Partnership Second Round Winners

Ohio's independent colleges are making a big impact on Ohio’s efforts to recruit and retain STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students under last year’s budget bill (HB 119). The second round of scholarships awarded was announced yesterday and five independent colleges along with their program collaborators received a total of $9 million.

The colleges selected include: Baldwin-Wallace College and Case Western Reserve University (Bioscience and Healthcare) to form a coalition of excellence to prepare students and current residents for scientific entrepreneurial opportunities; The University of Dayton and Wittenberg University (human effectiveness, IT) to help train individuals to fill an anticipated 1,200 jobs in the Department of Defense by 2011; and Muskingum College (STEM for K-12) to promote STEM outreach and education activities to expand the number of STEM students and provide research opportunities and mentorships.

We would like to congratulate each independent college for the hard work they do for the state of Ohio and their dedication to the future of our students.

—Dustin A. Holfinger