COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) — Ohio State University has joined 15 other schools to extend higher education’s reach to rural and small-town students.

A $20 million gift from philanthropist Byron Trott, a Chicago-based merchant bank BDT & MSD Capital Partners CEO, recently helped launch the STARS (small-town and rural students) College Network.

The consortium’s mission is to help students from non-urban backgrounds transition into college.

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