Bearcats Food Pantry

Bearcats Pantry Charge

To develop a resource distribution plan that meets the various insecurity needs of the University of Cincinnati student to assure academic and personal success.

Did you know that 20% of students at four-year institutions qualify as food insecure? And at the University of Cincinnati, 70% of UC Bearcats Pantry users are employed, but still need help filling the gap. The Bearcats Pantry is here to support students of all backgrounds and serve the student population. With some UC students facing lack of family support and others struggling to make ends meet, demand has never been higher for the free food, hygiene and cleaning supplies offered at our “local pantry.” Thank to the support of generous UC donors like you, the Bearcats Pantry is able to lend a hand to our most vulnerable students so they ultimately stay enrolled and graduate from UC.

About the BCP

The UC Bearcats Pantry (BCP) and Resource Center provides free food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and professional clothing to students of all backgrounds with food and other insecurities. The pantry also provides meal vouchers that can be used at campus dining halls and To-Go Bags that can be conveniently picked up at locations across campus. The pantry is meant to provide supplemental support which means we do not supply enough food to completely eradicate food insecurity. Our goal is to assist students in need by cutting down their grocery bills and connecting them to other resources in an effort to promote independence. To be eligible for services, students must be a UC undergraduate or graduate student.

Founded in 2016 by Assistant Dean of Students, Daniel S. Cummins, the Bearcats Pantry became a reality with the help of a strong and dedicated committee team and other UC affiliates. After more than five years of serving UC students, we are proud of what we have accomplished but we know there is always another student who needs help. We are grateful for the partnerships we’ve established with UC alumni and donors who believe in our vision and mission and provide financial supported to help UC students in need every day. To learn more about ways to support the UC Bearcats Pantry contact Jaime Bitzenhofer.

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Science Programs

The University of Cincinnati is committed to encouraging aspiring scientists and engineers to pursue careers in these disciplines. To foster and inspire the most creative students to enter these challenging fields, the University hosts numerous competitions, summer camps and weekend programs.

Your donation to UC's Science Programs will allow for the continued success of both annual and future events.

You may choose to designate your gift one of the following programs or events, or contribute to the general Science Program Fund, which will allow program directors to apply your gift where they feel the need is greatest.  

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Funding Opportunities

Southwestern Ohio District Science and Engineering Expo (SEE)
Students in grades 7-12 who have received a "superior" rating at their schools' science fairs may compete for scholarships and cash awards at this regional event. Winners may then move on to a state and even an international science and engineering fair.  Participants must attend schools within the southwestern Ohio district, which is comprised of Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Preble and Warren Counties. 

Women in Engineering
Young women who are juniors and seniors in high school will be mentored by by upper class students and professional female engineers.  They will have the opportunity to work in peer study groups, and with campus, business, and national women's groups focused on science and technology.  They will build both professional and life skills, while having fun and building friendships.

Bridge Competition
High school students will compete to see who can construct the lightest, strongest wooden model bridge.  Bridges must first meet construction materials and dimension requirements, then are weighed and weighted until they break.

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
This high school robotics program is for teams of 7th through 12th graders. iSPACE, the FTC affiliate partner for the state of Ohio, will be conducting the FTC OH State Championship Robotics Tournament on January 24 at the University of Cincinnati. This state-wide event has open registration for teams from other states as well.