The Urban Scholars Program

In keeping with the vision of Dr. Roderick J. McDavis, the 20th president of Ohio University and first president of color, and his adherence to the goals of Ohio University to foster diversity and inclusion, the Urban Scholars Program was established.  The program “was created to provide academically qualified students with the financial resources and the support system” needed to participate and succeed at the college level. The target population are students from the Urban school districts in Ohio where college-qualified graduates from low income house-holds experience financial barriers in their pursuit of higher education.  More about the Urban Scholars Program, including qualifications and application information can be found online at


The Ebony Bobcat Network embraced the Urban Scholars Program and the vision of Dr. McDavis as its primary goal. In response to this vision, the Ebony Bobcat Network Urban Scholars Endowment Fund was established.  Fundraising efforts for the endowment among affiliates varies, however, a major initiative of the organization is The 300 for 300K initiative.  This effort seeks to get 300 people to donate a one-time predetermined amount of money that will raise the $300,000 needed to fund one scholar in perpetuity.

Donations to the Ebony Bobcat Network Endowment can be processed online through Ohio University Foundation. Select the type of giving you prefer from the choices below then choose Ebony Bobcat Network Urban Scholars Endowment Fund from the drop down menu.

Ohio University – Make A Gift Page:

Make a One-Time Gift to OHIO:

Make a Recurring Gift to OHIO:

Donations may also be made by check payable to Ohio University Foundation through your local Ebony Bobcat Network affiliate. EBN Endowment must appear on the memo line of the check to insure funds are properly applied.  See the Contact Us page for mailing addresses.




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