Faculty & Staff Giving Impact

College Faculty and Staff choose to support the funds that matter most to them. Listed below are a few of the most frequently supported funds and information about the impact employee gifts have had. Not listed are the 58 other funds A&S employees have already given to this year.

Arts and Sciences Scholarship Fund

Gifts to the Arts & Sciences Scholarship Fund provide annual scholarships to deserving students. Last academic year, 12 students received financial support from this fund. These students range in academic level from Freshman to Senior and span a multitude of A&S majors. The A&S Scholarship Fund is the college’s most flexible fund to support undergraduate students and provides the resources necessary to meet emergency needs when circumstances change or to provide the funds necessary for a student to simply stay enrolled in A&S.

Here is what one recipient had to say about her scholarship:

My name is Mary Kitzmiller. I am a proud Cincinnati native, a Walnut Hills High School alumna, and a lover of black Labradors. In spring of 2017, I will graduate with a BS in psychology as well as a minor in sociology. Following graduation, I hope to pursue my education at a graduate level, focusing my studies on cognitive development. My professional goals include researching the causes and treatment methods of progressive neurodegenerative disorders, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. Outside of my own coursework, I serve as a teaching assistant for a psychology of development course. Additionally, I am research assistant in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience on UC’s East Campus. The financial assistance provided this scholarship will be of great help in accounting for my educational expenses as I continue my studies at and beyond the undergraduate level. In particular, it will allow me to further invest myself in my research experience beyond the classroom. I am so grateful and humbled by this honor, and I look forward to the future opportunities that it will facilitate.

Susan L. Cogan Discretionary Fund for Romance Languages and Literatures

The Susan L. Cogan Discretionary Fund for Romance Languages and Literatures provides critical support at the Departmental level. This includes funds for student travel and financial flexibility to make physical and programmatic improvements as necessary. Additionally, this fund allows the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures to welcome visiting scholars and promote their events around campus in order to attract student and community interest.

Advising Discretionary Fund

Last year, the Advising Discretionary Fund provided financial support for the Advising team luncheon at the Cincinnati Zoo. With a team of over thirty staff with five differentiated functions, it is often difficult to find opportunities to build a feeling of “team” across the advising office. The zoo outing included a scavenger hunt with cross-unit teams to enhance relationships across the five units. Student problems often touch more than one unit, so it is important to have cross-functional teams that work well together. Opportunities to go beyond the office and grow closer as colleagues enhances our ability to work together every day.

Biological Sciences Discretionary Fund

The Biological Sciences Discretionary Fund frequently supports employee travel as well as support for departmental programs taking place on campus. Last year, this fund provided the resources necessary to support travel for seven employees and graduate students both domestically and abroad. This fund also financially supports the annual awards day celebration and other celebratory events such as retirement parties.


If you have questions about the impact of your gift – or are unsure if you’ve made your gift this year – contact Jessica Wiles, Assistant Director of Constituent Development at wilesjc@uc.edu or 513.556.1217.


A&S Faculty & Staff Giving Breakdown

Gifts between July 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018

Chart showing A&S Employee Gifts by Unit Designation. A&S Department 56%, Non-A&S College or Unit 22%, A&S Admin 22%
Chart showing Employee Gifts to A&S by Purpose: Restricted, Non-Scholarship 6%; Scholarship 25%; Discretionary 69%