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Mark Ohlinger '92: Opening Up a World of Opportunity
Mark Ohlinger '92 has been giving back to Lycoming College since he graduated. "Like most Lycoming students, I was a scholarship recipient, so I've always thought it was important to do my part and pay it forward for others," he says.
"My education and experiences at Lycoming are so important to who I am today," he continues. "I know I'm a better writer, thinker, singer, Spanish-speaker, and citizen because of my Lycoming education. The people I met and lifelong friends I made at Lycoming enriched my life immeasurably, and I want to support the institution that made that possible for me."
Mark notes that when he was a student, study abroad wasn't as heavily promoted and supported as it is today, and financially he was unable to participate. He's pleased to see that travel experiences are now encouraged, and he wants to be a part of it somehow. That's why he chose to fund a named annual study abroad stipend at Lycoming.
"I'd like anyone who wishes to have a study abroad opportunity to be able to do so without the student or their parents having to worry about how to pay for it. It's an opportunity to help enrich the student's academic and life experiences in a unique way, and I love the idea of being able to help make that happen for a fellow Warrior."
Despite not being able to spend a semester or year abroad, Mark is appreciative of the shorter travel opportunities he had while a student. "My own travel experiences with the Lycoming Choir were pretty special four years of weekend and Spring Break choir tours across the eastern U.S., and a very memorable trip to Poland, Czechoslovakia, and West Berlin in 1990. I've got some great stories from that trip!"
Living vicariously through other Warriors is a perk. "I enjoy the postcards I've received from students during their semesters abroad. It's very thoughtful of the students to take the time to drop me a line letting me know they appreciate the scholarship and sharing their experiences with me. Keep those postcards coming!"