Congratulations to College of Social Work BSSW student Maggie Griffin who has been selected as a winner of the first-ever President’s Prize. This is the highest university recognition bestowed on exceptional students committed to social change. Special recognition also goes to the college’s Dr. Michelle Kaiser, Griffin’s mentor.
The President’s Prize is given to two graduating seniors whose proposal has the most potential for bold impact on a significant societal challenge. Griffin’s winning project addressed the reality that 20 percent of children in Franklin Country live in a food desert. Her intervention, The UNITY Fridge project, will establish community gardens and place outdoor refrigerators at public schools in food desert regions across Columbus. This will allow students to bring home a bag of fresh produce for 40 weeks.
As an inaugural recipient of this award, Griffin will become a full-time employee of The Ohio State University for 12 months and receive a salary as well as an additional $50,000 for operational expenses for her yearlong project.
Griffin won a rigorous, multi-round competition that saw applications from 57 students across campus. The College of Social Work had three semi-finalists and two finalists.