Five Ohio State Lima students named Sesquicentennial Scholars




LIMA – A celebration of The Ohio State University that is 150 years in the making includes a new scholarship program designed to develop current students into future leaders.

Ohio State awarded 150 sesquicentennial scholarships to students across the university for the 2019-20 academic year in honor of the sesquicentennial. The Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program is one part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration and demonstrates a commitment to increasing access and affordability while recognizing students’ academic and non-academic accomplishments and diverse interests.

Five of the sesquicentennial scholars attend The Ohio State University at Lima — Tori Bradford, Paulding, psychology; Kirsten Brunswick, Anna, health sciences; Dalton Faulder, Jackson Center, middle childhood education; Blake Lamb, Lima, business management; and De Monte Lindsey, Sandusky, social work.

“The Ohio State University has transformed lives for nearly a century and a half. I look forward to celebrating this historic occasion with members of our new scholarship program and the rest of the Buckeye community,” President Michael V. Drake said. “These student leaders will help lay the foundation for the next 150 years of excellence and impact.”

Brunswick, a first-year student in health sciences, is excited to be a Sesquicentennial Scholar. It is the next step on the path she has been on since coming to Ohio State.

“Being a Buckeye has been a dream come true for me. It has shaped me into a better person, a better student and a better leader,” Brunswick said. “The leadership skills I will gain in this program will equip me to become a better leader and that will allow me to make complete use of my Ohio State education to transform my community and those around me through service, leadership and philanthropy.”

Faulder, a third-year student in middle childhood education, has strived to live the Buckeye ideal during his time at Ohio State Lima. As a Sesquicentennial Scholar, he will be able to share the concept with a broader audience.

“Being a Buckeye means being the most well-rounded student I can possibly be both in and out of the classroom. Being a Buckeye means performing to my utmost ability academically,” Faulder said. “Outside of the classroom, Buckeyes are involved on campus and make a difference with their peers. Buckeyes are kind and strive to help one another.”

Scholars receive $2,500 for the first year of the program, and the scholarships are renewable for up to six additional semesters or completion of their current degree program, whichever comes first.

Scholarship recipients represent all campuses, colleges and undergraduate, graduate and professional student populations.

Beyond financial support, sesquicentennial scholars will receive leadership training and professional development support and serve as sesquicentennial ambassadors at programs and events.

The scholars program, and the learning opportunities that go with it, support the charge and motto of Ohio State.

“For nearly 150 years, Ohio State has diligently pursued its mission of ‘education for citizenship.’ This program builds on that tradition by creating new opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills,” Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron said.

To learn more about The Ohio State University Sesquicentennial and see the full list of student scholars, visit