The Parker Hannifin Corporation has provided a $125,000 gift to the 2013-2014 annual campaign of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC).

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With a cumulative giving total of nearly $1.7 million, The Parker Hannifin Corporation has supported the mission of OFIC to provide access to independent higher education to Ohio’s students for 61 years. The company has designated $100,000 of the gift specifically to be distributed equally among all 34 OFIC member institutions across the state to be used at the discretion of college administration in the areas of greatest need such as financial aid, technology upgrades, library and laboratory needs, or for support of educational programs.

The remaining $25,000 of the gift will provide scholarships for Engineering or science majors from Auglaize, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Franklin, Fulton, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Montgomery, Portage, Preble, Summit or Union County. Parker Hannifin is currently providing scholarships to 18 students enrolled in OFIC member colleges and universities.

Allen Sanderlin, a junior studying Neuroscience at Kenyon College, received a scholarship from Parker Hannifin Corporation through OFIC. His goal is to pursue an MD/PhD in neuroscience, and he wrote to his donor, “I would like to express my utmost gratitude for your support. I am the first person in my family to attend a liberal arts college and will be the first to pursue a graduate degree. There is no doubt that your support through the Ohio Scholars Program has helped make my education a reality. In addition to Kenyon’s well-rounded academics, I will have had several research opportunities by the time I enter graduate school. I am a contributing author for research projects in both my freshman and sophomore year, and my findings have been presented at biological conferences in Boston and San Francisco. Never in my wildest dreams did I envision such possibilities as an undergraduate, let alone before my junior year. By allowing me to concentrate on my studies, your assistance has enabled me to follow my aspirations and honor my family’s sacrifices. I thank you for making my present possible and my future bright”.

OFIC, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, is the primary corporate and foundation solicitation organization for 34 independent Ohio colleges and universities and operates one of the largest, most comprehensive and diverse scholarship management services in the state. OFIC member colleges award one-third of all bachelor’s degrees in the state. Since 1950 OFIC has worked to highlight the leadership, value and excellence of independent higher education and has provided unrestricted operating funds and scholarship commitments through funds raised in annual solicitations of businesses and foundations, thereby assuring continuation of excellence in private higher education. OFIC is governed by a board of trustees comprised of Ohio’s corporate leaders, as well as presidents of the 34 member colleges.

The member colleges are: Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Bluffton University, Capital University, Cedarville University, University of Dayton, Defiance College, Denison University, The University of Findlay, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Franklin University, Heidelberg University, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Kenyon College, Lake Erie College, Lourdes University, Malone University, Marietta College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Muskingum University, Notre Dame College, Oberlin College, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio Northern University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Otterbein University, University of Mount Union, Urbana University, Ursuline College, Walsh University, Wilmington College, Wittenberg University and The

College of Wooster.