Although my giving page is no longer active, you can still donate. If you would like to provide any additional support, please do so here.
My name is Elizabeth Patterson and I am a fourth-year Ohio State student from Los Angeles, California. I am a history major with double minors in Sociology and African American and African Studies. During my years at Ohio State, I have served as the Sole Undergraduate Representative for President’s Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequity, as the Inaugural Vice Policy Chair in the Understand Black Caucus, and as a member of the Buckeye Leadership Fellows 2022 cohort. However, my first and favorite involvement will always be that I am a Morrill Distinction Scholar. The Morrill Scholars Program is what led me to The Ohio State University and without this program, my life would be different in ways I do not wish to imagine.
My involvement in the Morrill Scholars Program has been abundantly fruitful, and I have been nurtured and supported by so many scholars, faculty, and staff members. I found mentors who pushed me to get involved, motivated me, supported me through every new experience, and gave me a home away from home. As a member of the Morrill Scholars learning community, I met some of my best friends who I know will be in my life forever. This program has taught me about advocacy, mentorship, leadership, personal development, and friendship. The Morrill Scholars program is truly one of a kind and it is filled with exemplary students, constantly teaching one another and pushing those around them to grow for the better.
I am fundraising for this program because it has changed the trajectory of my life for the better. The Morrill Scholars Program and all those I’ve met through it are without a doubt one of my greatest visible blessings. It is one of my greatest desires that this program not only continues to expand but to further thrive so that generations of future scholars can love their experience at Ohio State and as a Morrill Scholar just as much, if not more than I have. As Morrill Scholars, we believe in paying forward. In order to help further this mission please donate so the program can continue to pour into the lives of current and future scholars.