Athletic skills are often a young man’s or woman’s only avenue into higher education, where they can gain the knowledge and growth that make career goals possible. Each year, UC provides full and partial scholarships to more than 300 men and women who challenge themselves by pursuing an education while following their passions to excel in athletics. UCATS donors (University of Cincinnati Athletic Team Scholarships) provide generous scholarship assistance through annual gifts. The University’s ability to recruit and retain outstanding athletes – and to ensure the educational success of these UC students – depends upon finding increased endowment support for athletic scholarships. A variety of scholarship levels can be supported, in a donor’s choice of sports.
The mission of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) is to free the innocent from Ohio’s prisons, improve the criminal justice system, and educate about wrongful convictions. Part of the Rosenthal Institute for Justice, the OIP is one of the crown jewels of the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
To date, the OIP has freed 23 inmates on grounds of innocence, who together served more than 425 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Three of those innocent inmates served time on Ohio’s death row. At the OIP, law students perform the bulk of the work in uncovering these injustices. More than 250 law school graduates are now using the skills they learned in OIP in places ranging from Wall Street law firms to prosecutors and public defenders offices around the country.