Ohio State University is increasing its student financial aid by $50 million over the next four years with a new merit-based scholarship and added need-based grants.
The university says the new "Eminence Scholars" program will be its most prestigious merit-based scholarship. It provides four-year, full-ride scholarships and a $3,000 one-time stipend to 50 students annually, including 40 from Ohio. It is being offered for the first time this year to high school seniors.
A federal lawsuit has been filed in Cincinnati on behalf of a gay student who says his high school is violating his freedom of expression rights by prohibiting him from wearing a T-shirt urging tolerance of gay students. Maverick Couch's mother filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Wayne Local School District and its high school principal. The lawsuit says Couch, a junior, was threatened with suspension if he wears the shirt bearing the message "Jesus Is Not a Homophobe." The lawsuit says school officials told him the shirt is sexual in nature and inappropriate at school.
A compromise has been struck between sponsors of an Ohio bill that would require students in grades 4-12 be taught the original texts of the state and U.S. constitutions, the Declaration of Independence and other documents.
Different versions of the bill passed both Republican-led chambers of the state Legislature last year. But the Senate in January rejected the House changes to the bill. Lawmakers have been working out technical differences in a conference committee.