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Washington Academic Internship Program

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Raised toward our $25,000 Goal
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Project has ended
Project ended on February 28, at 11:59 PM EST
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Wow! We hit $25,000 and are on our way to $30,000 - Another scholarship for a deserving student!

February 27, 2023

The generosity of the WAIP community is incredible! 

With only one day left in the campaign, Mike Slater made an incredible gift that both met our campaign goal of $25,000 and unlocked the second match gift - $2,500 from Richard and Willa Sisson! Thank you to the Sisson's for getting us to this very important milestone. 

With all of the last minute energy and excitement around the campaign, Mike Slater has made another challenge for the WAIP community: Let's unlock one more scholarship for a deserving student! Together, if we can hit $28,000, Mr. Slater has pledged to donate the final $2,000 to get our campaign total to that very important $30,000 threshold. 

This means we only need to raise $423 within the next 24 hours! Please consider making a gift today. Whether you can give $7 or $70, every donation matters! 

Stephanie and Sarah

Remembering Friendship 7 and Sen. John Glenn

February 24, 2023

We hold this campaign in February to honor of the anniversary of John Glenn's historic Friendship 7 mission, which made him the first American to orbit the earth.

The Washington Academic Internship Program is part of his legacy which lives on at Ohio State and in Washington. We celebrate all of the WAIP students — past, present and future — who embody his dedication to serving the public interest. 

“The happiest and most fulfilled people
are those who devoted themselves to
something bigger and more profound
than merely their own self-interest.” 
— Senator John H. Glenn Jr. 

A big “Thank you!” to the Ohio State Alumni Club of Washington D.C. for honoring John Glenn’s legacy and our WAIP students, past and future, with their $1,500 match gift!

We are now in the home stretch with less than $3,800 left to raise! Thankfully, we have one final match gift. Richard and Willa Sisson have generously pledged another $2,500 to help us reach our goal! 

We need your help to close the gap. Your gift — whether it is $7, $10, or $20 — can help us continue providing housing scholarships to deserving, passionate students. Please give today!

Thank you!

Stephanie and Sarah

73% to our goal!

February 16, 2023

Your kindness astounds us! We are half-way through the campaign, and already 73% to our goal!

Thanks to your support of the Washington Academic Internship Program, we met the generous match gift from Sheila Ronis.

Last night during our WAIP happy hour in D.C., Greg Schultz, a longtime supporter of the WAIP program and member of the Glenn College family, made a generous gift to kick-off the second half of our campaign. 

Additionally, the Shari B. Singer Charitable Fund made a wonderful donation on behalf of the Singer Family. 

Samantha Singer is the current head of the D.C. outreach committee and shared with us that a year before she started her WAIP experience in 2016, she lost her mom to breast cancer. “My mom embodied the spirit of public service and leadership, and I was broken without her,” Samantha said. “Even with so much loss, I consider myself lucky because my family was able to support the financial burden of housing in D.C. This program breathed life back into me as I discovered Washington to be my favorite city on earth, uncovered my desired career path (that I work in today!), and fulfilled dreams I didn't know I had.”

Each student has a unique story leading them to the program, but not everyone has the financial ability to commit to it. In memory of my amazing mom, and in honor of my own experience, I am donating to the WAIP Scholarship Crowdfunding Campaign to ensure financial barriers don't prevent future students from participating.”

Please join Greg and Samantha in their pledge to keep WAIP accessible for Ohio State students. 

It's Random Acts of Kindness Week!

February 13, 2023

Happy Monday – and Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week!

We are lucky to have you in our WAIP family. Your kindness over the years has made WAIP more accessible for Ohio State students who are passionate about serving the public interest.

We are $2,517 away from matching Sheila Ronis’s pledge! Please consider making your gift today so we can hit our mid-campaign goal!

If you are in the D.C. area, please join us for a special happy hour to reconnect, network and show your support for WAIP. The event is Wednesday, 2/15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dacha Beer Garden in Shaw.    

Thank you,

Stephanie and Sarah

New Match Challenge: $5,000 from Sheila Ronis!

February 09, 2023

We met our first match challenge: Richard and Willa Sisson's pledge of $2,500! Because of your generosity, we have unlocked our next match: $5,000 from Sheila Ronis.

Thanks to Sheila's pledge, the next $5,000 raised carries double the impact for students who want to study and intern in D.C. through the Washington Academic Internship Program. 

Our goal in week 2 of the crowdfunding campaign is to hit $12,100 so that we can add Sheila's gift and bring our total raised to over $17,000! (Three full housing scholarships for WAIP students!)

Sheila Ronis has shared hours of mentorship and wisdom with WAIP students over the years:

“I am committed to the next generation of public servants for the nation. Every person who cares about their children, and their children’s children, should care about the world they’re going to inherit. I can’t think of anything more important than making sure that Ohio and the nation have a secure future. The best way to get there is by making sure that our public servants are well educated in the process.”

Please make your gift toward Sheila's match challenge and help us bring engaged, passionate students to D.C. this summer.

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Friendship 7

On February 20, 1962, NASA astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in his Mercury capsule Friendship 7.


Years Served by Senator Glenn

Senator John Glenn served Ohio for 25 years in the U.S. Senate.


Glenn's 2nd Trip to Space

Senator Glenn was 77 the second time he returned to space in 1998. Though it had been more than 35 years since he had last suited up, Glenn was selected as part of the crew aboard the space shuttle Discovery.


Visit to the Glenn Museum

If you took a roundtrip from the John Glenn College in Columbus to the John & Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord, Ohio, you would travel 150 miles. The museum features John Glenn's boyhood home where visitors can experience American history through the prism of the Glenns' lives. An annual cumulative contribution of $150 qualifies you to be a "life donor" to Ohio State. Make your gift in honor of Senator Glenn and his life today.


# of donations made last year

163 donations were made to the 2022 WAIP crowdfunding campaign, totaling $30,000!


Minutes of Friendship 7 flight

John Glenn's Friendship 7 was in flight for 4 hours and 56 minutes, or 296 total minutes.

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