Dr. Dama Burkhart knows the importance of an education and how it can change one's life. She has experienced it first-hand.

Now, because of her generosity, the path to higher education has become more accessible for local students. The Dama C. Burkhart Scholarship is an endowed scholarship to provide a female resident of Monroe County, Ohio with funds to attend the Ohio University Eastern Campus.

"I firmly believe that Ohio University Eastern is one of the greatest assets that we have in this area. I like to call it the gem of the valley," said Burkhart. "Without OUE, many of our young people would not be able to attend college. I am proud to be able to support their mission."

Ohio University Eastern Campus Dean Rich Greenlee was thrilled to share in the good news. "Dr. Burkhart is a long time resident of Monroe County who has a strong commitment to seeing other women in her community have the opportunity she had to achieve a higher education," said Greenlee. "We are proud to call Dr. Burkhart a friend of our campus and very appreciative of her efforts to promote higher education in Monroe County with this scholarship."

The Monroe County native graduated from Woodsfield High School in 1944 before heading west to further her education in Indiana. Burkhart's travels first took her to Taylor University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Education, graduating cum laude in 1950.

Burkhart decided to return to school and further her education more than a decade later. In 1964, she attended the Indiana University Medical Center and earned a certification in Clinical Pastoral Education. She immediately proceeded to Butler University and completed a master's degree in Personality Theory in 1965. Burkhart matriculated to Purdue University and earned a Ph. D. in Counseling and Guidance in 1968.

Burkhart's most impressive academic credentials helped to open many career doors for her over the years. Her work experiences at Purdue University include staff counselor, instructor, visiting assistant professor, human development specialist, staff and program development specialist, assistant dean for home economics extension, and associate dean for home economics extension.

Burkhart also found time to be the director of Christian education at Central Presbyterian Church in Lafayette, Indiana; the supervisor of adult education for Howard County, Indiana; and a staff member of the public relations department at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

In addition, Burkhart authored numerous publications and was an active board member on several state and national councils, including the National Council on Family Relations, the American Home Economics Association, the Indiana Home Economics Association, and the Indiana Council on Family Relations. She was voted President of the Indiana Council on Family Relations in 1977-78.

Burkhart served Ohio University Eastern for many years as a member of the Coordinating Council and was awarded the prestigious Austin Furbee Award in the spring of 2010. She was also recognized by Who's Who in American Women from 1977-82.

PHOTO ATTACHED: Dr. Dama C. Burkhart