The Living Legacy Scholarship
Our most tangible and iconic manifestation of our mission is our Living Legacy Scholarship. It can be awarded to any incoming or current Ohio State University student who is the child or sibling of a U.S. military service member who has been killed in action, listed as Missing in Action, listed as Prisoner of War, or permanently disabled as a result of service.
As our organization largely consists of students and ROTC cadets who choose to be involved in 1 Day for the K.I.A. during their time at Ohio State, the turnover rate of our leadership and team positions is relatively quick when compared to other organizations. In order to keep it in good hands as the members change, the Living Legacy Scholarship has been entrusted to the Development Office at The Ohio State University. While Ohio State maintains the scholarship fund, it is administered per the aforementioned criteria as stated by 1 Day for the K.I.A.
Our primary fundraiser for the Living Legacy Scholarship is the 1 Day for the K.I.A. 24 Hour Endurance Run. Held in April of each year, it is a traditional 24 Hour Endurance Run in that runners have exactly one day to cover as many miles / laps as they can around a short course. Our .73 mile USATF certified loop meanders around the picturesque Oval – the large green space at the center of The Ohio State University's campus. As a tribute to the 920+ OSU alumni and others who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we outline our course with nearly 1,000 lanterns, each with the name of a fallen service member.
Thanks to the generous contributions of others, 100% of the funds raised through the sponsorships of our sponsored runners, corporate sponsorships, day of donations, and scholarship specific donations go toward our scholarship fund. Race registration fees are traditionally attributed to race and organization operational funds.