UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Since 2019, the Osaze Olufemi Osagie Memorial Scholarship for Educational Equity has supported eligible Penn State students who have intellectual and mental health diagnoses so they can have quality experiences of college life, including up-to-date academic, emotional and social support.
Donations from family, friends and the local Osaze community provided more than $44,500 for the scholarship fund. The University has matched donor support with a contribution of $25,000 in 2019 and an additional $50,000 in June 2020. The endowment supports one student each academic year; three students have been supported to date.
“The Osaze Osagie Memorial Scholarship is an important resource as it takes the stress out of some tuition and removes financial barriers for students,” said Marcus Whitehurst, Vice Provost for Educational Equity. “Advocating for resources to support mental health is so valuable, and this scholarship continues to help qualified students successfully navigate Penn State as they achieve their academic goals.”
Housed in the Office of the Vice Provost for Education Equity, the scholarship fund was established in memory of Osaze Osagie, who was killed on March 20, 2019 in a shooting involving the police at State College, Pennsylvania. A 29-year-old former Penn State student at the time of his death, Osagie was the son of Sylvester Osagie, faculty engagement coordinator and faculty Fulbright program advisor for Penn State Global, and Iyunolu Osagie, professor emeritus in the Department of English and the African Studies Program at Penn State and Professor of English at Oregon State University.
“The pulse of our Penn State community is that we strongly believe in helping students overcome their intellectual and health challenges,” said Iyunolu Osagie. “I desire nothing more than to see students of all levels encounter Penn State as an unforgettable and rewarding experience in their journey to Penn State. The Penn State community and Center County residents always answer the call of bugler; Sylvester and I are very grateful for their continued support of this memorial scholarship.
Those wishing to support the Osagie Fellowship can donate online.