Press Release

Ohio Wesleyan Receives $150,000 Gift Commitment From Delaware County Bank

April 1, 2015 – by Cole Hatcher

Representatives from Delaware County Bank met with a group of Ohio Wesleyan’s DCB Scholars on Wednesday when the bank announced that it is adding $150,000 to its existing OWU scholarship endowment. Those on hand for the announcement included, front row from left: Casandra Ingram and Rebecca Penrod, both of Buckeye Valley High School, and Skye Wanstrath of Olentangy High School. Back row from left: Dave Archibald, DCB senior vice president of marketing and retail banking; Rock Jones, OWU president; Ron Seiffert, DCB president and CEO; and Mark Shipps, vice chair of DCB’s Board of Directors and a 1970 OWU graduate. (Photo by Paul Vernon)

Contribution Enhances Existing DCB Endowment, Supports Area Students Interested in Attending OWU

DELAWARE, Ohio – The Delaware County Bank & Trust Company – the largest financial institution headquartered in Delaware County – is contributing $150,000 to Ohio Wesleyan University to aid local students interested in earning their undergraduate degrees at OWU.

The new, five-year gift will more than double the value of the existing Delaware County Bank & Trust Company Endowed Scholars Program, established in 1997 with a $100,000 donation from DCB. Since then, the program has supported the educational aspirations of more than 60 students from Delaware County high schools.

Ronald J. Seiffert, president and CEO of the Delaware County Bank, said this latest gift represents DCB’s continuing commitment to and investment in both Delaware’s youth and community.

“DCB understands the importance of giving back to the community and the value of higher education,” Seiffert said. “We are honored to partner with OWU in assisting our talented students.”

To celebrate the gift, Delaware County Bank representatives came to campus April 1 to meet with Ohio Wesleyan’s 2014-2015 DCB scholars: Sierra Becraft of Big Walnut High School, Cassandra Call of Delaware Hayes High School, Casandra Ingram of Buckeye Valley High School, Law Jones of Olentangy Liberty High School, Rebecca Penrod of Buckeye Valley High School, and Skye Wanstrath of Olentangy High School.

All DCB scholars receive $1,000 annual scholarships, renewable for four years. Each year’s recipients are selected based on academic excellence and financial need.

Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones, Ph.D., said the university is honored by the Delaware County Bank’s longtime support of its students and educational mission.

“When DCB made its 1997 gift, then-OWU President Tom Courtice noted that ‘advocating the growth and strength of the community has long been a hallmark of The Bank.’ Nearly two decades later, that statement remains true,” Jones said. “Ohio Wesleyan and Delaware are fortunate to have the Delaware County Bank as a strong and involved community supporter and ally.”

About The Delaware County Bank & Trust Company

Chartered in 1950, The Delaware County Bank & Trust Company is a full-service community bank offering a wide range of banking solutions to the residents of Central Ohio. DCB is the largest financial institution headquartered in Delaware County and operates 14 banking center locations. Its flagship retail location is located in downtown Delaware at 41 N. Sandusky St. The Delaware County Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of DCB Financial Corp. Learn more at www.webdcb.com.

About Ohio Wesleyan University

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 86 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,750 students represent 46 U.S. states and territories and 43 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.