“Rock For Tots” Concert Strikes Chord With Chillicothe Youth

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A musical fund-raising endeavor in Chillicothe is extending its impact in a manner that strikes a chord with area youth by utilizing higher education to open doors for prospective students.

The Rock for Tots, Inc. OU-C Scholarship Endowment, housed within The Ohio University Foundation, will provide financial support for an incoming Ohio University-Chillicothe freshman students from the region who demonstrate financial need and academic aptitude. 

The Rock for Tots benefit event has been a Chillicothe institution for 28 years. The annual concert/auction event benefits charities that support children during the holiday season. The Chillicothe Campus scholarship endowment continues in that noble spirit by improving the quality of life for area residents.

"Since the first concert in 1985, we have been so blessed, and we are currently assisting 34 children’s charities in southern Ohio," Rock for Tots promoter Paul Pollards said. "We have helped young people in a number of ways, and we thought it would be appropriate to also inspire youth through education. We have worked with Ohio University-Chillicothe over the years, and we thought the Chillicothe Campus would also be an ideal partner for this effort."

Scholarship endowments lessen the financial burden of college, thereby allowing recipients to focus more on their studies and less on their finances. Consequently, the recipients have brighter dreams and fewer debts upon graduation.

Endowments produce interest income, which funds the scholarships, thereby ensuring the gifts have long-lasting benefits.

This gift is part of The Promise Lives Campaign, Ohio University’s capital campaign which seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015. The campaign has raised more than $447 million in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities at Ohio University.

Funds raised for the Chillicothe Campus will support scholarships and the construction of a planned Academic Success Center, which will connect Bennett Hall and the Stevenson Center, tying together academic and student services resources.

Visit www.ohio.edu/campaign for more information.