Christina Graw, a junior communication arts major at Malone University, has been selected to receive a $1530 UPS Scholarship provided through the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC). Christina is the daughter of William and Patricia Graw of North Olmsted, OH, and a 2007 graduate of Lutheran West High School.
OFIC is a statewide association for private colleges and universities and is affiliated with the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE). At the national level, FIHE coordinates with the UPS Foundation to secure funding for UPS Scholarships distributed through state associations. This year, FIHE awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships from its UPS Education Endowment Fund to private institutions of higher learning across the nation, including a grant of $91,800 to OFIC. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of the students’ academic achievement and financial need. The UPS Education Endowment Fund, which is held and administered by FIHE, was initiated in the 1980’s through endowment gifts from UPS Foundation totaling $4 million and is now valued at $35 million. Since its inception, this fund has awarded $46 million in scholarship support to over 15,000 students nationwide.
“A college degree opens the door to countless opportunities,” said Ken Sternad, president of the UPS Foundation. “UPS takes great pride in our long-standing partnership with FIHE and in our support of thousands of students over the years who have been able to pursue an education from our nation’s private colleges.”
“This joint UPS / FIHE scholarship program has a direct, tangible impact on the Education and careers of hundreds of young men and women each year,” said Ned Moore, executive director of FIHE. “Because so many young men and women don’t have the financial resources to complete their college education, the UPS Scholarships are critically important.”
The Foundation for Independent Higher Education is the national partner in a network of 32 state associations, including OFIC, which develop resources for private colleges and universities. Since its founding in 1958, FIHE and its partners have received more than $1.6 billion in support for private colleges. For more information, visit www.fihe.org.
About the UPS Foundation
Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA., The UPS Foundation’s major areas of focus include community safety, nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, environmental sustainability, and diversity. The UPS Foundation pursues these initiatives by identifying specific projects where its support can help produce a measurable social impact. In 2009, The UPS Foundation directed more than $98 million in philanthropy to charitable organizations worldwide. Visit community.ups.com for more information about UPS’s community involvement.