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The McMurry Scholar Athlete Citizenship Award, founded in 2008 by 1960 social work graduate Preston V. McMurry, Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., honors student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who best exemplify the idea of “Education for Citizenship” through significant volunteer service to the community.

There are 1,050 student athletes, representing 37 varsity sports at Ohio State, eligible for nomination. A committee of graduate-level social work student leaders select the recipient.

McMurry was an important member of the Woody Hayes 1957 Championship Football team. He founded McMurry Inc., one of the largest advertising and marketing firms in the United States. McMurry received the 2002 OSU Alumni Association Citizenship Award and was selected as Arizona’s 2001 Philanthropist of the Year.

Previous McMurry Scholar Athlete Citizenship Award recipients include: Jarrod Barnes (football) in 2016; Alexa Aton (synchronized swimming) in 2015; Bryce Haynes (football) in 2014; Aaron Craft (men’s basketball) in 2013; Sarah Mignin (volleyball) in 2012; Bryant Browning (football) in 2011; Ali Ristas (field hockey) in 2010; Elon Simms (men’s track and field) in 2009; and Alice Zita Kebeumen Jamen (women’s basketball) in 2008.

The College of Social Work congratulates Jarrod Barnes as its 2016 annual winner of the Preston V. McMurry, Jr. Scholar Athlete Citizenship Award.




Chris and Tara Schumacher have been supporting a Social Work student working in human trafficking for several years.  However, as they become more involved with the issues around trafficking, they have come to realize that education is a major tool in eliminating human trafficking.

In 2013, the Schumachers raised their level of support to one year of full-tuition. Through this investment they are not only helping a student, but a multitude of individuals and families that this social worker will positively impact through her career.

Read more about the difference the Schumachers are making [PDF]