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Columbus State grad supported at Otterbein with scholarship, campus resources

Columbus State grad supported at Otterbein with scholarship, campus resources

Jacob Brandwein ‘20 came to Otterbein after earning an associate’s degree from Columbus State Community College. He is the first recipient of Otterbein’s Columbus State Community College Scholarship.

This scholarship allows Columbus State students to complete their bachelor’s degree at Otterbein for less than half of the cost of a single, four-year degree at an Ohio public university. Both Otterbein and Columbus State have a demonstrated history of working to keep higher education affordable. In fact, neither school has raised tuition in four years.

“I had taken a year off after high school and I feel very fortunate to have been able to enroll at Columbus State,” Brandwein said. “College is about new life experiences and preparing you for the future.”

Today, Brandwein is a communication studies major at Otterbein. He believes that Columbus State prepared him well to transition to a four-year institution to finish his bachelor’s degree. With the scholarship available to him and the close relationship between the two schools, he knew Otterbein was the right place for him.

“I chose Otterbein because of the nice campus, nice people and being at a school where I can have more interaction with professors. Columbus State provided me with good experiences that I can now build on at Otterbein,” he said.

Brandwein said he knows he can be successful thanks to his solid foundation at Columbus State and his hopes for the future at Otterbein. He has advice to fellow Columbus State students when looking at making the transition to another university.

“It’s very important to have a strong support network, whether it’s friends or family. Any support goes a long way, and Otterbein offers a lot of help whenever I need it. Not every day is going to be perfect, and it’s about pushing through those tough days so you become stronger as a person.”

Learn more about Otterbein’s partnership with Columbus State with the Dual Admission Program.