Friday March 13, 2009

Defending Ohio Student Choice Grants

University of Dayton student Molly Dineen testified before the Ohio General Assembly's Higher Education Subcommittee of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee in an effort to preserve higher education funding.

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio selected University of Dayton senior Molly Dineen to represent the students of Ohio's private institutions before an Ohio legislative subcommittee debating cuts to Ohio Choice Grants.

"I respectfully ask that you please consider restoring the Ohio Choice Grant, which is currently eliminated in the budget," Dineen said in testimony read March 11 in Columbus. "Speaking as a graduating senior, I have told just one story, but there are thousands of other 'Molly's stories' out there from the 51 independents. We, Ohio's students at Ohio's independent colleges and universities, are just like the students from (Ohio State), (Bowling Green) or (the University of Cincinnat). We, too, want to stay in our home state and continue to contribute its future."