OFIC/Bridges Program Receives $50,000 Contribution from AT&T

L to R: Todd Clossin, President & CEO WesBanco, OFIC Board Chair, Bill Spiker, OFIC President, Christopher Wyche, Director, External Affairs, AT&T Ohio, Sarah Briggs, Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T Ohio.

L to R: Todd Clossin, President & CEO WesBanco, OFIC Board Chair, Bill Spiker, OFIC President, Christopher Wyche, Director, External Affairs, AT&T Ohio, Sarah Briggs, Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T Ohio.

CLEVELAND, Ohio, Oct. 13, 2016 — AT&T* has made a $50,000 contribution to The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) to continue support of the organization’s Bridges program in the northeast Ohio area.

The Bridges Program creates a pathway for urban and economically disadvantaged students to gain access to higher education by providing information for both students and their families regarding the importance of a college education, the financial and educational preparation required, and the higher education processes involved. 

“We recognize that keeping students in school is not only a benefit to the students themselves, but also to our northeast Ohio community,” said Bill Spiker, president at OFIC. “Our continued partnership with AT&T will help students in the Bridges program graduate from high school, obtain a degree and become dynamic members of the workforce.”

OFIC solicits corporate and foundation support for 34 independent Ohio colleges and universities and operates one of the largest, most comprehensive and diverse scholarship programs in the state. OFIC member colleges collectively enroll over 95,000 students and award one-third of all bachelor’s degrees in the state. For over 65 years OFIC has worked to highlight the leadership, value and excellence of independent higher education and has provided unrestricted operating funds and scholarship commitments through funds raised in annual solicitations of businesses and foundations, thereby assuring continuation of excellence in private higher education. OFIC is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of Ohio’s corporate leaders, as well as presidents of the 34 member colleges.

The member colleges are:  Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Bluffton University, Capital University, Cedarville University, University of Dayton, Defiance College, Denison University, The University of Findlay, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Franklin University, Heidelberg University, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Kenyon College, Lake Erie College, Lourdes University, Malone University, Marietta College, University of Mount Union, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Muskingum University, Notre Dame College, Oberlin College, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio Northern University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Otterbein University, Urbana University, Ursuline College, Walsh University, Wilmington College, Wittenberg University and The College of Wooster.

“For more than 65 years, OFIC has been committed to the success of students attending independent colleges and universities across Ohio,” said Sarah Briggs, vice president of external affairs at AT&T. “We are thrilled to continue our ongoing support of the Bridges program.”

Including this year’s gift, AT&T has contributed to OFIC and its programs for over 62 years with a total of over $5.2M in support.


*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

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