MANSFIELD – The OSU Beat Michigan Bash this year will be held Thursday on Zoom.
The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Richland County has typically held the bash the week the Buckeyes play Michigan, or rather, “the team up North.” The bash not only serves as a pep rally, but also serves as a fundraiser for the local alumni club, which awards the scholarships to future Buckeye students from our area.
This month’s Bash, going virtual due to the pandemic, marks the 40th Beat Michigan Bash hosted by the OSU Alumni Club of Richland County, according to Kayla Smith, second vice president of the local club.
“We awarded the Class of 2020 with more than $27,000 in scholarships total and are gearing up to fund-raise for our upcoming 2021 graduates from Richland County,” she said.
Richland County High School seniors who will pursue an Ohio State education at the Mansfield or Columbus campuses can apply for the scholarships at go.osu.edu/ASP-app until Feb. 1 each year, Smith said.
Tickets are $15 and proceeds go directly to the scholarship fund of the OSU Alumni Club of Richland County for 2021 high school graduates.
To register and purchase tickets go to go.osu.edu/bash2020.
The annual panel of past football players includes Bobby Carpenter. After a national championship with the Buckeyes in 2002 and a terrific college experience, he was fortunate enough to be drafted in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys.
“Through my seven-year career I played for the Cowboys, Rams, Dolphins, Lions and finally ended with the Patriots,” he said.
Smith said the club will not host an auction this year, but are hoping to have it in February. Buckeye fans can stay tuned by going to richlandco.alumni.osu.edu or Facebook or Instagram pages at “OSU Alumni Club of Richland County.”
To donate to the club’s scholarship fund, go to give.osu.edu and give to fund 315482!
“It’s really great to see this event come together each year because it embodies what it means to be a Buckeye. A large part of our passion lies in our desire to give and be philanthropic,” Smith said.