6/9/2014, 3:33 p.m.

The Nordson Corporation has provided $45,000 in scholarship support to the 2013-2014 campaign of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC). .

With a cumulative giving total of $860,500, the Nordson Corporation has supported the mission of OFIC to provide access to independent higher education to Ohio’s students for 26 years. The Foundation has designated its support specifically to provide scholarships to students from Lorain County and is currently providing scholarships to 34 students enrolled in OFIC member colleges and universities.

Ian McQuaid is a Nordson Corporation scholar and carries a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science at Cedarville University. He wrote to his donor, “I want to express my deep appreciation for your gift. I am in the Air Force ROTC and want to use my talents serving my country, I hope in the field of cyber operations. I will take an internship with the Air Force research lab this summer and assist government personnel with research regarding America’s well-being. I also hope to obtain my master’s degree at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Your gift has helped make these opportunities possible, to attend school and succeed academically, and, long-term, will help me enter into active duty, where I hope, in some measure, to pay back your generosity through service to this country. Thank you very much. May you be blessed as you have blessed me”.

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.

The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges

250 E. Broad St., Suite 1700

Columbus, Ohio 43215-3722

For more information, please contact Karey West,

614-649-1950 ext. 111 or west@ofic.org,