The Mathile Scholars Program
10 years. 21 scholars. Immeasurable impact.
The Mathile Scholarship program has supported the educational ambitions of Ohio Northern’s top scholars for the past decade – changing lives and creating leaders who have had a positive impact in many fields.
Nicole (Muryn) Clement, BSBA ’08, is a critical infrastructure policy analyst for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C. She advises senior leaders and develops policies related to cybersecurity and resilience, frequently interacting with other government agencies and the private sector. On Saturday mornings, she volunteers with For Love of Children, a local tutoring program. She and her husband, Scott, enjoy spending time with family and friends.
“The scholarship and the Mathiles allowed me to spend my college years dreaming about my future,” Nicole says. “Hearing about and reading Clay’s story of perseverance and hard work encouraged me to do the same.”
Jeanne “J.J.” Walters
After graduating from ONU, Jeanne “J.J."
(Coate) Walters, BS ’08, obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ohio State University. She is the owner of Sunnyside Veterinary Clinic in London, Ohio, where she practices both large- and small-animal medicine. She also is a shelter outreach veterinarian for the Humane Society of Madison County and an adjunct professor in veterinary technology at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. She and her husband, Philip, BSEE ’09, own two shelter dogs.
“The title of Mathile Scholar was a springboard for my professional life. It is part of my fiber and has motivated me to continue pushing my limits,” says J.J. “Earning the scholarship and graduating from ONU was not an endpoint. This scholarship comes with a lifetime duty to challenge yourself, broaden your horizons, and explore the unexplored. You are invited into a brotherhood of people who are not mere passengers in life, but leaders who are actively shaping our world.”
A design engineer at Battelle in Columbus, Ohio, David Walters, BSME ’10, designs highly customized armored vehicles that protect members of the U.S. military fighting for our freedom. He also is pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University, where he is a team leader for OSU’s award-winning EcoCAR team, which designs energy-efficient vehicles. David and his wife, Laura, live in Hilliard, Ohio, where they are active members of Rock City Church.
“The Mathiles profoundly impacted my life,” says David. “They showed me how one can achieve great success while still being humble and inspiring. During my freshman year, Clay gave me advice that stuck with me and still guides me today. The Mathile Scholarship provided me with the means to attend ONU – a school I love that has helped shape me into the man I am today.”
After graduating from ONU, Megan Monaco, BSBA ’09, received a law degree from the University of Notre Dame. She works as a private equity associate at Jones Day and recently transferred from the Cleveland branch to Columbus. In Cleveland, she volunteered and served on the Young Professionals Board for Providence House, a children’s crisis nursery. She is actively seeking out new organizations to volunteer her time in Columbus.
“The Mathile family will always hold a special place in my life because of their generosity and kindness. While the Mathile Scholarship has enabled me to pursue my career goals without the worry of financial debt, it has also instilled in me a desire to give back to my community,” says Megan. “My experiences at Ohio Northern, from the strong academic foundation to the lifelong friendships earned, I owe to the Mathile family. It was such an honor and blessing to receive the scholarship, and while I understand that I will never be able to repay their immense generosity, I can pay it forward. Being a Mathile Scholar means that every day I strive to look for ways to pay forward the generosity that was shown to me, whether it be helping a future student, giving back to the University financially or volunteering in my community.”
A language arts education major, Jennifer (Pelton) Gargac, BA ’10, taught high school English for several years before devoting her time to being a wife and mother. Jennifer volunteers with the St. Vincent De Paul Society. Her husband, Josh, BSME ’10, is a doctoral student in bioengineering at the University of Notre Dame. The couple welcomed their first child, Joseph, in 2012. They are active members of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in South Bend, Ind., seeking to grow in faith and love.
“I am incredibly grateful for the Mathiles’ generosity, and I am inspired by their commitment to family life and to serving those in need,” says Jennifer. “Their scholarship allowed me to attend ONU, where I met so many wonderful people (including my husband), developed my passion for service, and gained education and experiences that will last a lifetime.”
Kelly (Jensen) Fritz, PharmD ’12, is an oncology pharmacist at the University of California San Diego Moores Cancer Center, where she designs, recommends and monitors pharmaceutical therapies, striving for the best possible outcomes for patients who are battling cancer. Her husband, Nick, is a 1st lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
“Two reasons resonate as to why the Mathile Scholarship and Mathile family mean so much to me. First and most important: Never forget the people who helped you become who you are today. And second: Pay it forward. I will never forget the incredible life journey of Dr. Mathile and his family, and I hope that one day I will be able to impact a student’s life like they have influenced mine,” says Kelly.
Ryan Brune, BSME ’11, is a doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Ohio State University. He works in the Impulse Manufacturing Laboratory conducting high-speed metalworking experiments using pulsed-power technologies that enable manufacturing techniques that aren’t possible through other means. He received his master’s degree from OSU in 2013 and will complete the Ph.D. program in spring 2015. He is engaged to be married and looks forward to the future.
“The Mathile Scholarship was an amazing honor to receive, and it helped me understand just how important it is to be a leader in everything I do,” says Ryan. “This award drove me to find ways in which I could make an impact at ONU. And it continues to inspire me to lead – exploring new and exciting technologies – as a graduate student at OSU. My journey down this path was spurred by the incredible generosity of Clay and MaryAnn Mathile.”
Austin Moyer, BSME ’11, is a design engineer for Slingshot – a three-wheeled vehicle that is a cross between a motorcycle and a car – for Polaris in Minnesota. He also is an independent business owner powered by Leadership Team Development and Amway. He is constantly striving to become a stronger and better Christian, son/brother, boyfriend, entrepreneur, student, friend, dirt biker, mountain snowmobiler and engineer.
“The Mathiles saved me from the toil and desperation that 95 percent of young adults face – debt!” says Austin. “I cannot thank them enough for the mental and financial freedoms I’ve experienced in my early 20s. I have funds to afford my tithe and still live comfortably. I can afford to properly invest in my business to the amount needed for fast growth. I am thankful to have a reliable car and nice home. I do not have debt, and it has made all the difference. They have truly saved me, and for that I will be forever grateful.”
After graduating from ONU, Morgan Belling, PharmD ’14, completed a pharmacy residency at West Virginia University Healthcare in Morgantown. Next year, she will further her training with a specialty residency in oncology. According to Morgan, she loves her work, and the more she learns, the better she is able to help people. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and catching up with her family and ONU friends.
“I don’t believe I’ll ever be able to convey the true depth of my gratitude and thankfulness to Clay and MaryAnn. Without their generosity, I would not have been able to attend ONU,” says Morgan. “I fully realized when I graduated that I was meant to spend six years of my life at ONU, where I received an excellent education and the honor of building relationships with people who truly cared about me and helped me to grow professionally and personally. The Mathiles’ generosity and greatness of heart have changed my life for the better. The best way I can repay them is to dedicate my life to helping patients, families and practitioners.”
Cara (Schroeder) Wolters, BS ’12, is a third-year medical student at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She lives in Fairborn, Ohio, with her husband, Nick, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new foods, and painting.
“It has been an honor and pleasure to get to know the Mathiles over the years. They have shown me and all the Mathile Scholars what true philanthropy and altruism means.”
Andrea Meers, BSBA ’12, MPPA ’13, is an accountant at Marathon Petroleum Company in Findlay, Ohio, and is preparing to take the CPA exam. She enjoys playing in city volleyball leagues.
“Receiving the Mathile Scholarship was the stepping stone for me to be as successful as I am now. It made getting a priceless education from ONU affordable and allowed me to have unique and rewarding experiences and to make friends I will have for life. This would not have been possible without the generosity of the Mathiles,” says Andrea. “It is nice to know that every time I see them, they remember what I am doing and what is important to me, and they truly care. They offer great personal and professional advice, and there is never a shortage of laughs. Being part of the extended Mathile family is one of my most treasured memories from ONU, and I will never be able to thank them enough for the difference they have made in my life.”
Jayce Born, BA ’14, is a first-year law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Ind. She enjoys playing volleyball, eating, sleeping and studying.
“I can’t thank the Mathiles enough for giving me the opportunity to focus on my undergraduate coursework and extracurricular activities without worrying about burdensome debt upon graduation,” says Jayce. “Their willingness to help and genuine care will never be forgotten.”
Josh Leichty, BS ’14, is attending medical school at A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, which is the sister school of the oldest osteopathic school in the nation. He chose osteopathic medicine because he wants to treat the whole person and his/her lifestyle, not just the disease. After this year, he will begin a three-year community health residency in South Carolina.
“I am forever grateful to the Mathiles, and I feel that their generosity has allowed me to get the best education I could, while getting into one of the hardest fields today,” says Josh. “I wish nothing but the best for the Mathiles, and I thank them for their kindness and generosity.”
Zach Woods is a fourth-year pharmacy student from North Canton, Ohio. He chose pharmacy because he wants to help patients improve their health and he wants to advocate for the profession. He is active in the Honors Program, President’s Club, Leader’s Council and various pharmacy organizations. He also enjoys volunteering and artistic endeavors like photography and painting.
“Not many days pass at ONU without me reflecting on my journey to this school and my gratitude for the opportunity the Mathiles bestowed upon me, which allowed me to become a Polar Bear,” says Zach. “When I look back on everything I’ve accomplished at ONU, and hope to yet accomplish, it all started with a phone call that told me I was a Mathile Scholar. Being a Mathile Scholar is not only a financial benefit, but also a character challenge. It has pushed me to be the best student, leader and professional that I can be. The Mathiles’ generosity and kindness is something I will carry with me for a long time and strive to share with others. To me, it embodies the true meaning of being a Polar Bear.”
Alex Altman is a senior civil engineering major from Napoleon, Ohio. He is active in many groups on campus, including serving as president of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. He has accepted a full-time position at Marathon Petroleum Company and will begin work there after graduating in May. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, skiing, golf and tennis.
“I am extremely grateful to the Mathiles for their generous contribution to my education. It has played a huge role in laying the foundation for future success in my life. I really cannot thank them enough,” says Alex.
Paige Torbet is a junior from Mason, Ohio, majoring in exercise physiology. She plans to attend graduate school to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy. She is active as the pledge coordinator for Kappa Phi, a Christian sisterhood, and serves as a core group member of the President’s Club. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and is planning to be a research assistant for the Developmental Psychopathology Lab in the spring.
“The Mathile Scholarship enabled me to follow my dreams and attend ONU, which would not have been possible without a financial burden on my family,” says Paige. “I also had the amazing opportunity to study abroad this summer through a program called Semester at Sea. I will always be thankful to the Mathile family and their dedication to ONU.”
Olivia Henton is a third-year pharmacy student from Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Her parents, John, BSBA ’86, and Debbie (Lloyd) Henton, BSMT ’87, are both ONU alumni, and Olivia has visited campus from an early age. She chose pharmacy because she loves the combination of math and science that exists in the microscopic, elemental world of chemistry. She hopes to become of clinical pharmacist in the pediatric unit of a hospital. She is active in Kappa Psi (a pharmaceutical fraternity), Zeta Tau Alpha (a social sorority), Pharmacy Council, Leadership Council and Mortar Board.
“The Mathiles have made ONU possible for me: an innumerable amount of memories made with friends, an excellent education that will allow me to further my dreams of becoming a pharmacist, and the opportunity to attend a school that has been a part of my life since birth,” says Olivia. “I will be forever appreciative of both Mr. and Mrs. Mathile for granting me these things and for their selflessness in helping others achieve and become what they aspire to be. Thank you!”
Mikayla Shea is a second-year pharmacystudent from Minerva, Ohio. She hopes to be part of a future where pharmacists play a more visible and integral role in patient health. She also is interested in alternative and complementary therapies to medication, and in preventing over-the-counter and prescription drug abuse. She is active in the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Le Circle Français, and Kappa Alpha Theta.
“After I was admitted to ONU’s pharmacy program, my mother and I sat around crunching numbers to see if I would be able to afford it. We figured it would be close to impossible for me to go to ONU, and we prayed for a miracle,” said Mikayla. “The Mathile family and their scholarship were the answer to our prayers. Without them, I never would have been able to attend ONU and meet people I am blessed to have encountered. The Mathile family changed my life for the better, and I will be eternally grateful.”
Kayla Hummell is a sophomore from Hilliard, Ohio, majoring in mechanical engineering. A problem-solver, she likes the fact that engineering bridges the gap between theory and building a functional product. Her ONU experiences include rowing with the concrete canoe team, leading the Columbus Day parade in New York City, participating in the rugby team, building a Habitat for Humanity house, and touring the United Kingdom with fellow ONU engineers. She is interested in a career in robotics.
“Without the Mathile Scholarship, I would not have been able to attend ONU. I knew this was the school where I was supposed to be, but the price tag was admittedly daunting,” says Kayla. “In the past two years, I’ve made lifelong friends (with students and faculty) and gotten to experience things that I never dreamed I could. I know that my experiences at Ohio Northern will determine who I am for the rest of my life. I am so grateful to the Mathiles for their part in my journey, and I hope I can make them proud!”
Aubrei Jones is a freshman from Westerville, Ohio, majoring in psychology. She chose psychology because she finds joy in helping other people improve their lives. She is active in the yoga club and the social sorority Delta Zeta. She also enjoys nature photography. After graduating from ONU, she hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in psychology and become a clinical psychologist.
“I am so incredibly thankful for what the Mathile family has invested in my future, even though I am just now getting started on the journey, I know their support is going to enable me to become the best person I can be,” says Aubrei.
Hayden Shenefield is a freshman from Powell, Ohio, majoring in computer engineering. He chose this career path because he enjoys solving problems and helping others. He is a member of ONU’s baseball team – fulfilling his lifelong goal to play collegiate baseball.
“With initial doubts of being able to afford ONU, this scholarship has already changed my life in many ways and will continue to do so in the years to come,” says Hayden. “This scholarship will allow me to focus less on trying to get a job to make ends meet, and more on making an impact on the Ada community, which genuinely excites me.”