New McCoy Scholar pleased to spread her wings at Marietta

Charlee Ottersberg ’14 (Arvada, Colo.) adapts quickly to her surroundings.

“It’s been easy. The transition from living in Colorado to living in Marietta has been easy because I am such an independent person,” Charlee says. “When I would go away to camps I never called home. I have called home a few times, but I do text my parents every day.”

Though she puts up a pretty good façade, Charlee wasn’t being totally honest. She is longing for two things from home.

“The mountains. I miss the mountains. The sunsets are very pretty here on the river, but there’s just something about the purple mountains and orange skies at home,” she says. “Also, my dog Ellie Mae.”

Charlee, 18, has been busy since she arrived on campus in August for McDonough Leadership orientation. Charlee is majoring in Advertising & Public Relations with minors in Graphic Design and Leadership.

She’s also a member of the forensics team, is a volunteer with EVE, Inc. (a local shelter for domestic violence victims), and plans to work on the Up ’til Dawn program.

Passion and campus involvement are two of the attributes you would expect from the 13th McCoy Scholar.

“Charlee was an impressive applicant and the more we got to know her through the Pioneer Scholars competition and her visits to campus, we knew she was the exact type of student we want to attract to Marietta College,” says Jason Turley, Director of Admission. “We are excited she is part of our impressive freshman class.”

Charlee visited Marietta College four times before officially enrolling this fall. “I instantly fell in love with the place and I knew this is where I wanted to be.”

Before visiting Marietta, she was happy to stay closer to home and attend the University of Denver.

“Then I realized college is a chance to go out and explore the world,” Charlee says. “I received a lot of recruitment mail from Marietta and my father convinced me to visit while we were in this part of the country. Once I got to the campus, it just felt right for me. I think it’s the charm of the city and I’m not just a number here. On the first day that I visited, Jason Turley knew my name. Now I know he’s supposed to do that, but I was impressed. I knew right then I wouldn’t get lost here.”

Charlee, who is a big Colorado Rockies fan, was also surprised by the beauty of the campus. “It’s very pretty. I wasn’t expecting it to be this pretty.”

Endowed by alumnus John G. ’35 and Jeanne B. McCoy in 1998, the McCoy Scholarship Program promotes and recognizes outstanding academic ability and achievement by an incoming freshman student.

“What the McCoys established at Marietta is very generous and it follows the Rockefeller idea of philanthropy,” she says. “I’m very thankful, but I don’t think I can stress how thankful I am for the generosity and selflessness that they showed with this scholarship.”