Rick Toracinta Graduate Scholarship in Atmospheric Science Endowed Fund

(The Ohio State University endowment fund #667295)

Rick Toracinta Lightning photo taken by Rick Weather balloon launch in Brazil Rick Toracinta

Photo of mammatus clouds by Rick Dr. E. Richard (Rick) Toracinta was a talented research scientist with the Polar Meteorology Group of the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University. In addition to his polar work, Rick had a passion for severe weather and was a volunteer storm chaser on the Great Plains during many springs. This scholarship commemorates Rick's lasting interest in the atmosphere as well as his desire to be a teacher.

Beginning Fall Quarter 2007, a $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded annually to graduate students studying atmospheric science, broadly defined, at The Ohio State University. Preference will be given to students specializing in severe weather (e.g., thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes), polar meteorology or polar climatology. The selection criteria include academic performance, excellence as an instructor (if appropriate), and intended use of the scholarship funds to advance one's graduate studies.

Donations to this fund can be made online through iGive or sent via check to the Byrd Polar Research Center or The Ohio State University Development Office. Please make checks payable to The Ohio State University, with Endowment fund #667295 in the check memo.

Byrd Polar Research Center
108 Scott Hall
1090 Carmack Rd
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-292-6531
The Ohio State University
Office of Development
1480 W. Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: 614-688-3250