When alumni and friends make generous financial contributions to The Ohio State University, they do so knowing their gifts will make an impact on the lives of new generations of Buckeyes.
For Robert Weiler (MA '64, PhD '68), his love for the university and Fisher College of Business compelled him to establish a unique scholarship that's been exceptionally impactful on the lives of two Fisher alumni.
Weiler is president of the Robert Weiler Company, a commercial real-estate firm that owns numerous rental properties throughout central Ohio. With a desire to pay forward and help tomorrow's business leaders, he offered apartment scholarships that provide rent-free housing for Fisher students pursuing graduate studies.
Thanks to Weiler's generous gift, he has forever changed the lives of Hannah and Kurt - but the benefits of that gift go well beyond the financial help it provided toward the pair earning their MBAs.
Both double Buckeyes, Hannah (business) and Kurt (computer science) met as first-year students in Fisher's full-time MBA program. As new neighbors - both having earned the same housing scholarship within the same apartment community - a carpooling routine and a friendship developed. Later, they began dating, and four years after earning their MBAs, the couple married.
Today, both remain extremely appreciative of Weiler's generous gift.
"In the full-time MBA program, students are typically foregoing an income at a relatively early stage in their career to go back to school," Kurt says. "With the free apartment that Mr. Weiler provided, it removed a substantial burden.
"Mr. Weiler was so incredibly generous in offering apartment scholarships to MBA candidates," Hannah says. "I'm not sure he would have imagined that the scholarship would help blossom a lasting friendship into one of love, and would ultimately lead to marriage and the merging of two families. I wouldn't have imagined that the scholarship would have resulted in meeting my life partner, and for that, I'm forever grateful."
Hannah and Kurt currently live in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, with their very spoiled dog, Brady Buckeye. Both are true Buckeyes for Life - Hannah attends all home football games and actively recruits for her company at Ohio State.
"I hope I can make a similar impact on others' lives the way Mr. Weiler impacted our lives," she said.