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Two scholarships established in memory of Charlene McComas

ImageOhio Northern University has announced the establishment of two endowed scholarships, in the name of Charlene S. McComas, that will benefit students in the Getty College of Arts & Sciences.

The two endowed scholarships, the Charlene S. McComas Memorial Scholarship for an English major and the Charlene S. McComas Memorial Scholarship for a public relations major, were made possible through the generous donation of her parents, the late Clyde and Viola McComas, and her siblings, the Roy and Claudia (sister) Barnhart family, the Kevin (brother) and Nancy McComas family, and the Chad (brother) and Michelle McComas family.

“Throughout her time as an alumna of Ohio Northern, Charlene was a consistent donor to the university’s annual fund, realizing the importance of education and ‘paying it forward’ to others, as others had done for her,” said Ann Donnelly Hamilton, executive assistant to the Ohio Northern University president. “She was conscious about making sure that her places of employment provided matching gifts. Charlene cherished ONU with all of her heart and soul, and her dedication to Ohio Northern University cannot be summed up in words.”

Born on Nov. 8, 1947, in Wadsworth, Ohio, McComas was the oldest of five children. After graduating from Medina High School in 1965, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from ONU in 1970.

After earning her degree from ONU, McComas worked for Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. She moved to Upland, Calif., in 1981 to begin what would become a long trail of career successes, beginning with her work as an assistant director of public administration in the publications department of Pomona College.

Her skills as a writer and editor were recognized throughout her career, as was her talent for public relations. McComas continued her success as the public relations director at Pomona Valley Hospital, holding this title until 1992, when she became a project manager in the corporate communications department of Edison International in Rosemead, Calif., for the final 16 years of her career.

McComas passed away in 2008 after an eight-year battle with breast cancer.

Photo: Members of Charlene McComas family (pictured from the left): Chad McComas of Findlay, Ohio, Claudia Barnhart of Spencer, Ohio, Ohio Northern University President Dan DiBiasio, and Kevin McComas of Wadsworth, Ohio.