"My late husband,
Michael Moritz, and I have been supporters of the College of Law at Ohio
State, and I felt that it was time to support the College of Dentistry,
specifically the Division of Dental Hygiene," said Ms. Moritz Ransom. "I
graduated from Dental Hygiene, as did my sisters Jeanne (Yardley) Bogen and Mary
(Yardley) Giannola, so I decided to create a scholarship in our family name. We're hopeful that by establishing this scholarship, others will be
inspired to follow our lead in supporting the College of Dentistry and
the Division of Dental Hygiene."
With 100 students, Dental Hygiene is the second largest student group at
the college, and 60 percent of the students have some level of financial
need. The Yardley Family Scholarship is the school’s first full tuition
dental hygiene scholarship.
“Before her gift, there was only $2,000 in scholarship support to use among all dental hygiene students, so this is a really important and meaningful investment in us," said Professor Michele Carr, Chair of the Division of Dental Hygiene. "We hope Lou Ann's leadership will influence others to give so that students who aspire to study Dental Hygiene at Ohio State are able to do so, regardless of their financial situation, and so that the learning opportunities for our students can expand.
Like many students, Lou Ann Moritz Ransom grappled with what to study in college.
She credits her father, a friend and contemporary of legendary College of Dentistry Dean Wendell D. Postle, with making the suggestion to pursue dental hygiene. "My parents both graduated from Ohio State, were very loyal Buckeyes, and they supported the University in many ways."
Ms. Moritz Ransom maintains fond memories of the
dental hygiene program, and she recalls a no-nonsense leader in Dr. Consuelo Wise,
director of the Division
of Dental Hygiene during her time in the College. "All the
students were very afraid of her. She ran a very tight ship. I
graduated from an all girls Catholic high school and she was just like
the nuns who taught me in high school!"
Post graduation, Ms. Moritz Ransom used her dental hygiene career to help support her late husband as he went through law school. Ms. Moritz Ransom said, "It was important to us that he be able to concentrate on law school, rather than having a part-time job." She added, "The love for Ohio State was instilled in me at a young age. And thanks to my degree in dental hygiene, I can say that I'm very proud to be a Buckeye, too!"