Graduate helps first-year college students buy textbooks through scholarship program

Eric DiFulvio grants five scholarships to high school seniors entering college this fall | August 21, 2006

Eric DiFulvio recently graduated from Xavier with a master’s degree in counseling, so he knows firsthand how expensive college textbooks can be. In fact, according to the 2005 Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Requesters, the average college student spends nearly $900 annually on textbooks and supplies.

That’s why DiFulvio, who lives in Oakley, founded the non-profit College Bound Scholarship Foundation last year. The mission of the foundation is to assist high school seniors in Greater Cincinnati with their first-year college textbooks expenses.

“All throughout my college career I often felt the pinch when it came to buying textbooks,” says DiFulvio. “So I thought why not start an organization that helps students absorb the cost of textbooks through scholarships.”

Last year the foundation granted one $500 scholarship. This year, DiFulvio was able to grant five scholarships totaling $2,500. Money to fund the scholarships this year came from the recent Strokes “Fore” Folks golf outing at Ivy Hills Country Club in Newtown.

The students are not given the scholarship money directly; rather an account is set up in their name. The recipients must mail back receipts to be reimbursed for their textbook expenses. This year accounts are being set up for students at the University of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati Clermont, Clemson and Charleston.

“Applications so far have just come by word of mouth,” explains DiFulvio. “In granting the scholarships we strive to look at the applicant holistically.”