What is the 1888 Society?


The Ohio State University opened its doors in 1873 and, like many other schools, collegiate athletics at Ohio State evolved as a natural outlet for the competitive drive of healthy young men and eventually women. On May 21, 1881, Ohio State fielded its first intercollegiate sport team – baseball. The Franklins of Ohio State took on the Mutuals of Capital University and won 8-5.

According to the Lantern, dated June 6, 1888, two literary societies at Ohio State, Horton and Alcyone, challenged each other to a “pronunciation match” earlier that week. An admissions fee was charged for the evening of laughable competition, wit and humor. Proceeds of this event were given to the Athletic Association, which at the time sponsored three sports – baseball, track and field and lawn tennis. This event marked the first documented “fund raiser” for athletics at Ohio State. Thus, we have named our exclusive level of endowment donors the “1888 Society.”

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Becoming a Part of the Team.


Members of the 1888 Society are part of a team striving to ensure a great future of intercollegiate athletics at Ohio State. Since the Department of Athletics is a self-sustaining operation and does not receive state or university funds for athletics scholarships, philanthropic gifts make the difference and put Ohio State on an even playing field with its opponents.

The contributions and commitment of 1888 Society members is vital to Ohio State’s Department of Athletics, and more importantly, to student-athletes who need this support to achieve their fullest academic and athletic potential.

For a list of current 1888 Society Endowments, click here

For more information about becoming a member of the 1888 Society, please contact the Office of Athletics Development at (614) 292-9908, or BuckeyeClub@osu.edu.

$150,000 Scholarship Endowment Level

$30,000 to start/payable over 5 years (earns $6,000 annually)

Names one student-athlete from sport of choice as the recipient. This student-athlete will be assigned to another endowment.

$300,000 Tuition Scholarship Endowment Level

$60,000 to start/payable over 5 years (earns $12,000 annually – average of in/out-of-state tuition for 2016-17 is $​25,820)

EXCLUSIVE naming of one student-athlete from the sport of choice as the recipient.

$500,000 Full Scholarship Endowment Level

$100,000 to start/payable over 5 years (earns $20,000 annually – average of in/out of state total costs - tuition/fees, room, board, and books - for 2016-17 is $​44,784)

EXCLUSIVE naming of one student-athlete from the sport of choice as the recipient.

$1 Million Full Scholarship Endowment Level

$250,000 to start/payable over 5 years (earns $40,000 annually)

EXCLUSIVE naming of two (2) student-athletes from the sports of choice as the recipients.