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Tolliver sisters ’06 featured in Ohio State Alumni Magazine

March 22, 2021 | Alumni

“Collectively, the sisters hold nine Ohio State degrees. Sophia earned bachelor’s degrees in nutrition and biology in 2003 and ’04, a master’s degree in public health in 2008 and a medical degree in 2015. Sylvia earned her bachelor’s in political science and African American and African studies in 2003 and both a law degree and a master’s in public policy and management in ’06. Starling earned her bachelor’s in neuroscience in 2016 and continued on for a medical degree awarded in 2020.”

“We knew what it was like to go to bed hungry,” Sophia says. “We knew what it was like to have the threat of your lights being cut off or maybe being evicted. But we also experienced tremendous support from our teachers and others in the community that allowed us to stay safe and stay focused on our studies.”