Lindsay Harden, a 2016 graduate of Mariemont High School, is the 2017 recipient of the LO.V.E. Fund. The Olivia V. Erhardt Memorial Fund, otherwise known as “the LO.V.E. Fund,” was established by the Erhardt family in conjunction with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Mariemont School Foundation to honor Olivia’s life, her love of science and her desire to help others in need.
A 2014 graduate of Mariemont High School, Olivia was killed in a tragic bus accident while volunteering in Honduras. Olivia's parents felt that she had lived a wonderful life – a testament to the education she received through the Mariemont schools, to the community she called home, and to the friends, teachers and families who helped her along the way.
Olivia participated in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program in 2015, and the LO.V.E. Fund was launched to help other young scholars in the Mariemont City Schools community. The fund allows Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to extend a SURF position in a research lab to a Mariemont High School graduate, who otherwise could not fund such a position.
Lindsay Harden has recently completed her freshman year at the University of South Carolina and will participate in the SURF program this summer. “We are thrilled that Lindsay Harden, a 4.0 freshman, will be working with Dr. Patrick McGann in the Division of Hematology in the area of global health research as part of the SURF program,” said Sherry Thornton, PhD, program director of SURF. “Her fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the L.O.V.E. fund.
The LO.V.E. Fund provides an opportunity for Mariemont High School graduates to participate and experience one of the premier undergraduate research programs in the area. The SURF program renders the experiential learning and career exploration the Mariemont City School District embraces through the Warrior BEyond, the district's flagship program for student opportunities offered beyond the traditional curriculum, including new enrichment experiences, travel opportunities, career exploration and service learning for students at all grade levels.
Click here to read a letter from Olivia's sister Sophie about the selection of the inaugural L.O.V.E. fund recipient.
If you would like to honor Olivia and help another Mariemont High School student experience one of the premier undergraduate research programs in the area by making a contribution to the LO.V.E. Fund, visit the Mariemont School Foundation website.