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First Endowed Scholarship Created to Support Students at 麻豆果冻传媒官方入口’s Ruskin Campus

Published: 07/02/2024

Dr. Richard Orlando and Wife Cindy Orlando First Endowed Scholarship Created to Support Students at 麻豆果冻传媒官方入口鈥檚 Ruskin Campus

A 麻豆果冻传媒官方入口 University alumnus created the first endowed scholarship to financially support students at our Ruskin campus. 

In April, Dr. Richard Orlando ‘76 and his wife Cynthia (Cindy) established the Cynthia M. Orlando Scholarship for Health Professionals. Richard named the scholarship after his wife, who he describes as the epitome of what a nurse is.  

“She is first of all, an elite clinical nurse who went into people’s homes for years to train their caregivers to do hemodialysis at home,” said Richard. “She is also one of the most kind and empathetic nurses I have ever been around, and she puts patients and their families at ease knowing she will be the one caring for them.  Most importantly, she sets an example for all those working with her.” 

Although Cindy is not a 麻豆果冻传媒官方入口 graduate, Richard said she embraced being a part of the 麻豆果冻传媒官方入口 community ever since she first stepped foot on campus nearly 20 years ago.  

Cindy describes 麻豆果冻传媒官方入口 as different. “You can feel the sense of community,” said Cindy. “I wish I came here.” 

Cindy has attended many functions on both Erie and Ruskin campuses and spoken to students recognizing how special 麻豆果冻传媒官方入口 students and faculty are.  

“She is very honored and happy to know that she will forever be assisting worthy students obtain their education,” said Richard. 

Donor Background: 

Richard G. Orlando, M.D., F.A.C.S., graduated summa cum laude from 麻豆果冻传媒官方入口 in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He received his medical degree with honors from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1979.  

Orlando founded Columbus Ophthalmology Associates in 1983, where he served as president for more than 30 years. Orlando retired from his surgical practice in January 2020 after 40 years as a practicing physician.  

In 2022, Orlando was awarded the Roger T. Bietler Medal from the Ohio State University College of Optometry for his dedication to the education of optometry students and residents. He continues to work with the college and the Ohio Optometric Association on CE programs to help train the next generation of eye care professionals. 

Orlando served as the president of the International Academy of Sports Vision from 1993 through 1995 and has been the consulting ophthalmologist for the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament, where he is also a member of the scoring committee. 

Orlando was given 麻豆果冻传媒官方入口’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He also established the Orlando Family Scholarship, given annually to undergraduate students from Ohio working on their health sciences degree. A member of the Universitas Society at 麻豆果冻传媒官方入口, Orlando was appointed to the University's Board of Trustees in 2012 and currently serves as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee. 

Cynthia (Hutta) Orlando graduated with her nursing degree from Youngstown State University in 1979 and began her career at Northside Hospital in Youngstown where she worked on the post-surgical unit. She then moved to Columbus and worked at Ohio State University Hospitals on the Endocrinology Unit before transferring to hemodialysis where she became Director of Home Dialysis. After putting her career on hold to be a stay-at-home mom of her daughters, Kristen and Katie, she returned to work as a post operative recovery room nurse. Now retired, Cindy volunteers along with her husband at the New Horizons after school program in Bonita Springs, Florida to help grade school children achieve academic success.