Eric Beard

Chemistry | Findlay, Ohio

Building Confidence

Being a student-athlete helped Eric Beard make an impact in college, both on and off the field.

On the football field, he worked his way up into the role of team captain, a three-time All-Conference award winner and a nominee for the coveted William V. Campbell trophy, considered by many as the “Academic Heisman.”

Off-the field, Eric credits what he learned from athletics – working with other people, developing a strong work ethic and time management skills – as valuable lessons he’s applied to help him find success as a student. He’s graduated now, but has re-enrolled at Manchester in the Pharmacy Program because he’s also learned a valuable lesson at MU about helping people.


Football, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT), Resident Assistant, Pre-Pharmacy Club, and American Chemical Society

Favorite Hangouts

Science Center, PERC, Jo Young Switzer Center

Recommended Faculty

Dr. Susan Klein

Recommended Classes

Medical Practicum, Organic Chemistry, and Cinema for Social Change

What People May Not Know About MU

You get to build strong relationships with the faculty. I was able to walk into my professor's office at any time and talk to them about school or get great life advice. They really care about you and want you to be successful.

Advice for Students Looking at MU

You are going to change a lot over the next four years. You may not know what you want to do or what direction your life is going. Manchester does an incredible job at shaping you into your best self. Get involved with groups on campus and don't be afraid to put yourself out there!

What I’ve learned from participating in football is how to work with other people, how to have a strong work ethic and time management.


As a national semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, Eric was invited to the trophy summit at Stanford University in San Francisco. He met other nominees and past winners – including NFL Hall of Famers – who shared stories and life lessons about life and leadership.


Anything from The Oaks is great!


The fountain behind the Administration building is great place to relax and clear your mind.


May Day Weekend, especially Mud Volleyball and Air Band.

See more of Eric's story at #MUBetterTogether

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