New Home, Same Story
The Academic Engagement Center, located at 29 Park Place, provides a common space for campus and community engagement. The Cutler Scholars Program uses this space for its weekly colloquium classes and hosts its monthly teas, allowing scholars to network and socialize with one another. The third floor of 29 Park Place is home to the Cutler Scholars Lounge. This lounge provides an area for Cutler Scholars students to interact, study, relax, and even have game nights. Cutler Council, Cutler Scholars’ student organization, uses the space at 29 Park Place for biweekly meetings and activities they host for students in the program. This fall, they have hosted pumpkin painting, tie-dye, and potluck socials. This space has allowed many students to connect throughout the semester and enhance their experience at OHIO.
"29 Park Place has provided a space for me to have a break in my day and connect with fellow Cutler Scholars and has encouraged me to spend more time out of my dorm because I know I have a positive space to engage with, not only my coursework but also with wonderful individuals." —Kylie Bridgeman '26 (Wood Scholar)
"29 Park Place has given me a space for collaboration and community. The nature of 29 is very warm and welcoming and gives me a bright and inspiring space to learn from others. I'm very grateful to have a space like this, and am excited for future scholars to enjoy it as well." —Faith Laughlin '23 (Bush Scholar)
Gifts Help The Cutler Scholars Program Unlock A $2,000 Gift For Its Scholarship Endowment
Ana Newman, a proud Cutler Scholars alumna, will give $2,000 to the Cutler Scholars Program General Scholarship Endowment after 29 donors make a gift first. The 29 donor goal is significant as it recognizes the new on-campus home of Cutler Scholars: 29 Park Place, which is just a few steps from Alden Library, Baker Center, and Scripps Hall. Ana is dedicating this donation to her late father, Aleksandar Gicov, who passed a year ago and was a passionate advocate for education and mentorship.
Newman is a Risto Gusterov-Cutler Scholar alumni and graduated in 2010 with her BBA in Finance, Strategic Management and Leadership, and a minor in Spanish. She also holds an MBA from Ohio University’s College of Business and is a Certified Internal Auditor. She is passionate about mentoring students and professionals and serves on the Cutler Scholars Advisory Board.
Currently, the Head of Royalty Assurance and Enablement at Arm Semiconductor — and a co-founder of a start-up focused on children's products — Newman has 12 years of experience in the finance and tech industries focused on finance, risk management, compliance, auditing, and building global teams in multiple organizations including Facebook, Deloitte, Connor Consulting, and BNP Paribas. She lives in Alameda, CA, with her husband, Jonathan Newman '09, and their twins.
Gifts Help Cutler Scholars Students
Gifts to the Cutler Scholars Program General Scholarship Endowment benefit Ohio University's premier merit scholarship program for students to explore their skills and interests to positively impact their communities. Cutler Scholars students pursue different academic majors but share a fundamental commitment to using their knowledge and skills to advance the common good. Scholars are still chosen through a highly selective interview process and receive a merit award that includes scholarships and grants for community service projects, internships, international travel, and leadership development.
Gifts Benefit From The OHIO Match
The OHIO Match provides $.50 for every dollar committed to the Cutler Scholars Program General Scholarship Endowment.
Through The OHIO Match, launched in July 2013, Ohio University has pledged up to $25 million to strengthen its endowed scholarship program by providing $0.50 for every dollar committed to eligible scholarship endowments — and the Cutler Scholars Program General Scholarship Endowment qualifies.
The OHIO Match will continue to match gifts and pledge payments to eligible endowed scholarship accounts through June 30, 2024.
This is why now is a great time to support the Cutler Scholars Program General Scholarship Endowment! As an example, a donor can pledge $5,000 to the scholarship and as long as that gift is honored by June 30, 2024, it will be OHIO Match-eligible for $2,500. This makes the total gift [impact] to Cutler Scholars $7,500.
29 Park Place, which was transformed into OHIO's new Academic Engagement Center and opened in Fall 2021, is home to the Honors Tutorial College, Cutler Scholars Program, Ohio Fellows, Ohio Honors Program, and Center for Campus and Community Engagement.
Your generous gift to this OHIO campaign will help Cutler Scholars students continue the Program's storied success
Your actions now will make the participation goal of 29 donors quickly attainable. Here are four things alumni, families, and friends can do to support the Program:
- Make a gift here in support of this Cutler Scholars Program crowdfunding campaign.
- Mail a check (payable to The Ohio University Foundation) to The Ohio University Foundation, PO Box 869, Athens, OH 45701 — be sure to write the name of the fund on the memo line. For example, "Cutler Scholars Endowment"
- If you want to explore making a charitable gift to this campaign with a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), giving via a Donor Advised Fund or stock transfer, please reach out to Jonathan Renard.
- Talk with Jonathan Renard about a new, pioneering gift to support the Cutler Scholars Program in advance of its 30th anniversary in 2026.
Give now to support students in The Manasseh Cutler Scholars Program. If you have questions about giving, please get in touch with the Office of Annual Giving at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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