Scholarship fund honors deceased OU student

The Kyle Terrian Fund will provide scholarships to college students who represent the ideals he possessed.

Kyle Terrian: Passionate about mechanical engineering and Ohio University (provided)

The family of a recently deceased Ohio University student is in the process of collecting money for a memorial scholarship fund in his name.

Kyle Terrian, a senior who studied mechanical engineering, died of cancer on Dec. 8.

The Kyle Terrian Memorial Fund will provide scholarships to Ohio University students that share the same qualities as Kyle, who was passionate about both mechanical engineering and OU.

The fund will also donate to charities involved with cancer research, children’s hospitals or those that help families who need assistance, according to the fund’s Facebook page.

“We are trying to get everything lined up to begin awarding scholarships in the spring of 2014,” Michael Terrian, Kyle’s older brother, said in an email.

As of Jan. 1, slightly more than half of the fund’s $10,000 goal had been donated, according to the Facebook page.

Some of the finer details, such as application requirements, haven’t yet been determined, but the fund has a clear definition for how the money will be allocated.

Twenty-five percent of the annual fund growth will go toward scholarships and 25 percent toward charitable donations. The remaining 50 percent will stay in the fund to allow it to grow every year, Michael Terrian said.

The Terrian family will manage the scholarship, said Colleen Carow, senior director of communications in the Russ College.

Similar funds have been formed to honor deceased OU students, such as the Dan Lowe Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism to students with an interest in sports reporting.

“Kyle has touched many lives during his time at Ohio University and wanted nothing more than to return to school to be with all of the wonderful people,” said Leah Cornish, Kyle’s girlfriend and a senior at OU, according to a university news release.

To donate to the fund, visit:


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