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Diverse Magazine features Ohio State ECE scholar

The frustration must be palpable for students nationwide who excell in academia, but lack the funds to reach their full potential.

The American Talent Initiative (ATI), a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative led by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Ithaka S+R, has pushed forward in its goal to enroll 50,000 more high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students at educational institutions by 2025.

Among those students, Ricky Taulker, a junior and electrical and computer engineering major at Ohio State University – another ATI institution – said efforts like ATI have given him the opportunity to afford and go to school.

Read more about Taulker and the ATI program in this recent article in Diverse Magazine, Issues in Higher Education.

“Being here with all of the opportunities for different projects and groups and extracurricular activities, classes and networking … all of that has been made possible because I was able to go to school,” he said. “It’s really altered the course of my career and my educational path.”

Describing his experience at OSU as “absolutely phenomenal,” Taulker added that many people in America and around the world “with an amazing amount of talent” do not have access to or cannot afford higher education, preventing them from honing their skills and talents.

Watch an interview with Taulker explaining how Ohio State scholarships furthered his educational goals.