Johnson Controls donation helps steer students toward success

Posted: January 27, 2017

Johnson Controls, Inc. has granted $125,000 to The Ohio State University College of Engineering to support future Buckeye engineers.

The donation will establish an endowed scholarship fund, which will provide tuition assistance to undergraduates enrolled in the college.

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“We are inspired by the innovative and creative thinking young professionals bring to the world of buildings, infrastructure and transportation. Both Johnson Controls and The Ohio State University are aligned in our passion for sustainability, excellence, integrity and diversity,” said David Peters, vice president and general manager of energy solutions for Johnson Controls. “We are honored to invest in these bright students, who will be soon developing smart cities, buildings, energy storage solutions and processes even beyond our current imagination.”

The Johnson Controls Inc. Endowed Scholarship Fund will support two Center for Automotive Research motorsports students and two College of Engineering students whose studies focus on energy efficiency and energy storage. Johnson Controls Inc. is a longtime sponsor of Ohio State’s championship EcoCar teams, having supplied the seating in the award-winning EcoCar2 and EcoCar3.

“I am incredibly grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the Johnson Controls Endowed Scholarship this year,” said EcoCAR3 team member Kerri Loyd. “Coming from a middle class family, I have always had to work hard to be able to support my financial needs in order to continue my education. Being awarded this scholarship takes a little bit of the financial burden off my shoulders and will allow me to put all of my focus towards receiving my bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. The lessened financial burden will also allow me to put more focus on the project teams and groups that I am a part of.”

The contribution to the College of Engineering is part of a $250,000 gift from Johnson Controls to Ohio State. The other half of funding will support a similar endowed scholarship at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.