ACRN Charles Voge Scholarship

The ACRN Charles Voge Scholarship is a first-of-its-kind effort to establish an endowed scholarship for ACRN. It will be a permanent legacy benefitting a deserving student who’s given his or her time and talent to ACRN.

OUR DUTY AS ALUMS

If music or journalism or sound production or building a business or even radio was your thing you didn’t necessarily have to do it at ACRN. There were other places to do those things at Ohio University. But if you chose to do those things at ACRN, it was a little different. And though it’s a cliche, it’s because of the people we surrounded ourselves with, these people who came together through music and culture and stood for the idea that you could sit behind a board, book live shows, collaborate with your friends and contribute to a legacy that was both uniquely yours and a part of something greater than you at the same time.

And all that was possible because of those who came before us. People like Joe Stack, Mary Ellen Hunter, Charles Ogg and Archie Greer.

As alums, we want to make it possible for more ACRNers to come after us – to be encouraged to come to ACRN and give of their time and talent.

Moreover, ACRN needs to be able to have pull with the university to get the support it needs to thrive. This scholarship would establish ACRN as a significant force with the university as it is something few student groups have accomplished. It is up to us as alums to send a message about ACRN’s strength. We did a lot of things to make ACRN stand out while we were at OU. This is one more way to keep achieving greatness on ACRN’s behalf.

WHO WAS CHARLES VOGE?

When you think about the kind of person you want at ACRN, Charlie Voge comes to mind. He was with ACRN in the early-to-mid 90s. For those who knew him, he epitomized the spirit of ACRN: a fun-loving, dedicated person who did what others said could not be done. An introspective, quiet, and caring guy, always willing to fill in a shift when someone needed him and ready to participate in whatever crazy scheme the station hatched. Charlie had a strong work ethic. He helped people at the station develop their skills and make ACRN sound great. He was loved by many and an inspiration for many others.

You may not have known Charlie. But my sense is the description above sounds familiar to you. Charlie was all of us, at some point. A person who was looking for a place to land and be a part of something great.

When Charlie died in 1995 under tragic circumstances, there were discussions about starting a scholarship in this name. Recently, a group of alums got together to create a way for us to contribute to ACRN and demonstrate to the university the impact ACRN has as a student organization. This scholarship in Charlie’s name will not only accomplish all these things but also fulfill a promise we made to his memory.

THE SCHOLARSHIP

Here’s how the scholarship program will work. Each year, $1000 dollars will be given to one full-time student who has made a significant contribution of time and talent to ACRN. This person will be a sophomore, junior or senior with a financial need, with preference given to those in the Scripps School of Communication (though this is not a requirement).

To make this possible, we need to raise $25,000. Why $25,000? At that amount, the scholarship is fully endowed thanks to interest earned and it essentially pays for itself from that point on, establishing a permanent $1000 award to a deserving ACRNer. Any money raised over and above that amount will increase the awarded amount.

We want to raise this money by first quarter of 2018 and here’s why: It takes three years for the scholarship to fully mature and begin issuing awards. So if we raise it in two years, it means we’re able to issue the first scholarship when ACRN celebrates its 50th anniversary.

With a little less than a year left to go, we’ve raised 70% of the $25,000 goal. We need only a few more pledges to hit that goal and we hope you’ll be one of those.
To donate to the scholarship:

1. Go to ohiou.edu/give and click on the GIVE NOW button. Then select “One-time gift” or “Recurring gift.”
2. Check the box that says “The fund I want to support isn’t listed above.”
3. Enter the amount you wish to donate then write the name “ACRN Charles Voge Scholarship” in the box along with the amount you’ll pledge. You must write in the name of the scholarship for your pledge to count toward it.
4. Check “Yes” on “Is this a pledge payment?” if you have previously agreed to donate to this fund. Do not check the box for “Yes, this is an honor or memorial gift.”
5. Fill in your contact and payment info then click DONATE NOW.

Thank you for all your support of ACRN through the years and thank you for your consideration of this important effort to establish a permanent legacy on the station’s behalf.

If you have any questions, contact Scott Smith, ACRN class of 1997, at ourmaninchicago@gmail.com or David Johnson, assistant director of annual giving at Ohio University at johnsod7@ohio.edu.