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Guiding Hand

Phyllis Howser Scholp’s three children, Kathleen (Scholp) Ross, BA ’96, Christopher Scholp, BSME ’97, and Matthew Scholp, BA ’00, graduated from Ohio Northern University, each with a solid foundation that prepared them for their future vocations. Christopher, an engineer, had a guiding hand while at Northern, and it is in honor of this special relationship that Phyllis established The Dr. Bruce Burton International Student Involvement Award.

Phyllis Howser Scholp

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“Naming the award in honor of Dr. Burton, coordinator of international admissions at ONU, gives me the opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for him and the support he gave my son, who was a student in the T.J. Smull College of Engineering,” she says.

While the award carries the name of one special educator, the spirit behind its establishment transcends any individual. For Phyllis, her gift to the University is her way of saying thank you for the opportunities her children were given to explore and expand their horizons as they matured into responsible and productive adults.

The idea for the international student involvement award evolved from an initial discussion with the Office of Advancement and further discussions with the Office of International Admissions and Services. Phyllis describes the award as “pulling together my fondness for the Japanese from a year I spent teaching in Japan and my enjoyment of working with international students in my religion classes at the University of Dayton.”

Deanna Shine, director of international admissions, believes this is an outstanding way to honor Burton and motivate future international students to become involved in the many student organizations and programs on campus.

“Many international students are initially reluctant to do so because they may feel uncomfortable with their language skills or feel unfamiliar with the new culture they have entered. Yet, those who join one or more of the many student groups on campus find that, by doing so, they expand their network of friends, gain new skills, improve their language proficiency and feel like they are truly part of the ONU community,” she says.