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Oglethorpe Scholars may receive special recognition of their outstanding achievement by being named as an endowed or annual scholar. Selection of this honorary designation is based upon the criteria outlined below:

The J. Frederick Agel, Sr., ’52 Endowed Scholarship: Awarded to a junior student (rising senior) with a grade point that qualifies him/her for Latin honors and who also contributes significantly to student life as determined by the Office of Campus Life. The scholarship will support the student during his/her senior year at Oglethorpe University.

The John A. Aldrich Memorial Scholarship Fund: Endowment funding was established in 2008 by a gift from Lyman C. Aldrich, class of 1938, in honor of his father, John A. Aldrich, former Dean of the School of Science at Oglethorpe. Scholarship preference is given to a worthy student in need.

The Ivan Allen Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by a grant from The Allen Foundation, Inc., of Atlanta, in memory of Ivan Allen, Sr., who was a trustee of the university for many years and general chairman of the first major fundraising campaign. The Ivan Allen family and foundation are long-time benefactors of the university. Ivan Allen Scholars must be from the Southeast, have at least a 3.2 grade-point average, leadership ability and demonstrated financial need.

The Marshall A. and Mary Bishop Asher Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by the Asher family in 1988. The late Mr. and Mrs. Asher were both alumni (classes of 1941 and 1943 respectively) and both served for many years as trustees of the university. The scholarship is awarded to a superior student in science.

The Keith Baker Endowed Scholarship: Funding was established by former students in honor of Professor Keith Baker, a valued member of the Oglethorpe accounting faculty from 1983 to 1999. This scholarship is awarded annually to a junior majoring in accounting. The student must demonstrate a strong academic record, active campus and community involvement, relevant work experience and aspirations for a career in the field of accounting.

The Bank of America Scholars Program: This endowed scholarship program was established in 1999 by Bank of America, formerly NationsBank, and is awarded to students majoring in business or computer science.

The Becker-Grenwald Fund: Funding was established by Judith M. Becker of Augusta, Georgia and formerly member of the President’s Advisory Council and longtime friend of Oglethorpe University, in memory of Edward S. Grenwald, member of the Oglethorpe University Board of Trustees and former President of the Board of Visitors, to help defray tuition and other educational expenses of one or more full time undergraduate or graduate students at Oglethorpe who are citizens and permanent residents of Turkey. The scholarship shall be based on merit, without regard to financial need.

The Earl Blackwell Endowed Scholar: Earl Blackwell, distinguished publisher, playwright, author and founder of Celebrity Services, Inc., headquartered in New York, established this scholarship for deserving students with special interest in English, journalism or the performing arts. Mr. Blackwell was a 1929 graduate of the university.

The Lauren Ashley Burk Memorial Scholarship Fund: Endowment funding was established by gifts from family friends, colleagues, and community members in 2008 in memory of Lauren Ashley Burk, daughter of James Burk, class of 1983, and Viviane Guerchon. This scholarship is awarded to a student with an interest in art.

The Frank and Eleanor Burke Endowed Scholarship Fund: Funding was established by a gift from Mr. Burke, a 1966 graduate of the university, and his family.  Scholarship preference is given to a worthy student in need, deserving of a second chance at college.

The Class of 1963 Endowed Scholar: Funding was established through the efforts of the class of 1963. The intention of this scholarship is “to give to others, so they too can be enriched by an Oglethorpe education.”

The Miriam H. and John A. Conant Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by Mrs. Miriam H. “Bimby” and Mr. John A. Conant, long-time benefactors of Oglethorpe and both recipients of Oglethorpe Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. Mrs. Conant served as a trustee of the university from 1981 until her death in January 2003. Scholarships are awarded annually to superior students with leadership ability.

The Michael A. Corvasce Memorial Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by Dr. and Mrs. Michael Corvasce of Hauppauge, New York, and friends in memory of Michael Archangel Corvasce, class of 1979. The scholarship recipient is selected from the three pre-medical students who have the highest cumulative grade-point average through their junior years and plan to attend an American medical school. This scholarship, which perpetuates Michael Archangel Corvasce’s interest in Oglethorpe and medicine, takes into consideration the moral character of the candidates as well as their academic qualifications.

The Estelle Anderson Crouch Endowed Scholar: Mr. John W. Crouch, class of 1929 and a former trustee of the university, provided funding for this scholarship in memory of Mrs. Estelle Anderson Crouch, mother of John Thomas Crouch, class of 1965. Mrs. Crouch died in 1960. The scholarship is awarded annually without regard to financial need to students who have demonstrated high academic standards.

The Katherine Shepard Crouch Endowed Scholar: Funding was given in memory of Mrs. Katherine Shepard Crouch by Mr. John W. Crouch and is awarded annually based upon academic achievement.

The Cammie Lee Stow Kendrick Crouch Endowed Scholar: This scholarship was endowed by Mr. John W. Crouch in memory of Mrs. Cammie Lee Stow Kendrick Crouch. Mr. and Mrs. Crouch were classmates at Oglethorpe and graduates in the class of 1929. It is awarded annually based upon academic achievement.

The Karen S. Dillingham Memorial Endowed Scholar: Funding was provided by Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Dillingham in loving memory of their daughter. Mr. Dillingham is a former trustee and served for several years as a senior administrator of the university. The scholarship is awarded each year to an able and deserving student.

The R. E. Dorough Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by a gift from Mr. Dorough’s estate. Scholarships from this fund are awarded to able and deserving students based on the criteria outlined in his will. Mr. Dorough was a former trustee of the university.

The William A. Egerton Memorial Endowed Scholar: Initial funding was established in 1988 by Franklin L. Burke ’66, Robert B. Currey ’66 and Gary C. Harden ’69 who encouraged other alumni and friends to assist in establishing this fund in memory of Professor Egerton, a highly respected member of the faculty from 1956 to 1978. The scholarship is awarded to a student with a strong academic record and demonstrated leadership skills who is majoring in business administration.

The Ernst & Young Endowed Scholar (formerly Ernst & Whinney): Funding was established in 1981 through the efforts of Murray D. Wood, a former vice chairman at Ernst & Whinney and by a gift from the accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney of Cleveland, Ohio. Scholarship preference will be given to superior students who are majoring in accounting.

The Henry R. “Hank” Frieman Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by Mr. Frieman, class of 1936. An outstanding athlete during his days at Oglethorpe, Frieman spent a career in coaching, earning a spot in the Oglethorpe Athletic Hall of Fame. This scholarship is awarded annually based on academic achievement, leadership qualities, demonstrated need and a special interest in sports.

The Charles A. Frueauff Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by grants from the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation of Little Rock, Arkansas. Scholarship preference is given to able and deserving students from middle-income families who do not qualify for governmental assistance. The criteria for selection also include academic ability and leadership potential.

The Lu Thomasson Garrett Endowed Scholar: Funding was established in honor of Lu Thomasson Garrett, class of 1952, a former trustee of the university, and a recipient of an Oglethorpe Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Preference for awarding scholarships from this fund is given to students who meet the criteria for an Oglethorpe Scholars Award and are majoring in education or business administration.

The Georgia Power Company Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by a grant from the Georgia Power Company of Atlanta. The fund will provide scholarship support for able and deserving students from Georgia. Georgia Power Scholars must have at least a 3.2 grade-point average, leadership ability and financial need.

The Goizueta Endowed Scholar: Established by grants from the Goizueta Foundation, this endowment provides need-based scholarships for Hispanic students who reside in the United States. Participation in high school extracurricular activities and an evaluation of the student’s potential to succeed at Oglethorpe is considered.

The Walter F. Gordy Memorial Endowed Scholar: Funding was established in 1994 with a bequest from the Estate of William L. Gordy, class of 1925. Walter Gordy was also an alumnus of Oglethorpe, class of 1924. The scholarship fund was increased in 1995 with a bequest from the Estate of Mrs. William L. (Helene) Gordy. Scholarships from this fund are awarded at the discretion of the university.

The Bert L. and Emory B. Hammack Memorial Scholar: Established in 1984 by Mr. Francis R. Hammack, a member of the class of 1927 and brother of Bert L. and Emory B. Hammack, this scholarship is awarded annually to a senior student majoring in science or mathematics, who is a native of Georgia and who had the highest academic grade-point average of all such students who attended Oglethorpe University in his/her previous undergraduate years.

The Francis R. Hammack Scholar: Established in 1990 by Mr. Francis R. Hammack, a member of the class of 1927, this scholarship is to be awarded annually to a needy but worthy junior class English major who is a native of Georgia and has attended Oglethorpe University in his/her previous undergraduate years.

The Leslie U. and Ola Ryle Hammack Memorial Scholar: Funding of this third gift was established in 1985 by Francis R. Hammack, class of 1927, in memory of his parents. It is awarded annually to a junior class student working toward the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, who is a native of Georgia and who had the highest academic grade-point average of all such students who attended Oglethorpe University in his/her previous undergraduate years.

The William Randolph Hearst Scholarship: This is an endowed scholarship awarded annually to a deserving student who has attained exceptional academic achievement. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, New York, established the endowment to provide this scholarship in honor of Mr. Hearst, one of the benefactors of Oglethorpe University.

The Harold Hirsch Foundation Endowed Scholarship: Established in 1981 by the Harold Hirsch Foundation with the intent of assisting non-traditional age students, this scholarship is awarded annually to students enrolled in Oglethorpe’s evening degree program.

The Ira Jarrell Endowed Scholar: Funding was established in 1975 to honor the late Dr. Jarrell, former Superintendent of Atlanta Schools and a 1928 graduate of Oglethorpe. It is awarded annually in the fall to a new student who is a graduate of an Atlanta public high school studying teacher education. Should there be no eligible applicant, the award may be made to an Atlanta high school graduate in any field, or the university may award the scholarship to any worthy high school graduate requiring assistance while working in the field of teacher education.

The Nancy H. Kerr Endowed Scholarship: Funding was established by Margaret O. Y. Chin, class of 1987, in honor of former Professor of Psychology and Provost Nancy H. Kerr. Scholarships are awarded annually to students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, leadership potential and active community involvement.

The Mary Jane Stuart Kohler Memorial Scholarship Fund: The fund was established by family and friends in memory of Mrs. Kohler, a 1990 graduate. The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior female student who demonstrates strong involvement in campus life, a positive outlook coupled with diligence and commitment to all she undertakes and at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

The Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation Endowed Scholarship: Funding was established by the Lee Foundation of Atlanta. Scholarships are awarded to able and deserving students.

The Lowry Memorial Scholar: Established by a bequest from Emma Markham Lowry in 1923, awards are made to students who “desire an education but are unable to secure the same because of a lack of funds.”

The Vera A. Milner Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by Belle Turner Lynch, class of 1961 and a trustee of the university, and her sisters, Virginia T. Rezetko and Vera T. Wells, in memory of their aunt, Vera A. Milner. The scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student planning to study at Oglethorpe for the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education (Grades P-5). Eligibility may begin in the undergraduate junior year at Oglethorpe. Qualifications include a grade-point average of at least 3.25, a Scholastic Assessment Test or Graduate Record Examination score of 1100 and a commitment to teaching.

The Virgil W. and Virginia C. Milton Endowed Scholar: Funding was established through the gifts of their five children. Mr. Milton was a 1929 graduate of Oglethorpe University and a former chairman of the Board of Trustees. He received an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree from Oglethorpe in 1975. The scholarship is awarded based on the applicant’s financial need, academic achievement and leadership ability.

The Dr. Keiichi Nishimura Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by his family in memory of Dr. Keiichi Nishimura, a Methodist minister who served in the poor areas of Tokyo for over 50 years. The scholarship is awarded to able and deserving international students based on financial need, academic achievement and leadership potential.

The Oglethorpe Christian Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by a grant from an Atlanta foundation which wishes to remain anonymous. The fund also has received grants from the Akers Foundation, Inc., of Gastonia, North Carolina; the Clark and Ruby Baker Foundation of Atlanta; the Mary and E. P. Rogers Foundation of Atlanta. Recipients must be legal residents of Georgia and have graduated from a Georgia high school. High school applicants must rank in the top quarter of their high school classes and have Scholastic Assessment Test scores of 1100 or more; upperclassmen must have a grade-point average of 3.0. Applicants must submit a statement from a local minister attesting to their religious commitment, active involvement in a local church, Christian character and promise of Christian leadership and service. The Oglethorpe Christian Scholarship Committee interviews applicants.

The Oglethorpe Memorial Endowed Scholar: Funding was established in 1994 by combining several existing scholarship funds created over the previous two decades. This fund also allows people to establish memorials with amounts smaller than would otherwise be possible. The following are honored in the Oglethorpe Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund:

Allen A. and Mamie B. Chappell
Dondi Cobb Memorial
Louis Colombo, Sr.
Lenora and Alfred Glancy Foundation
Golden Petrel Memorial
Diane K. Gray
P. D. M. Harris
Anna Rebecca Harwell Hill and Frances Grace Harwell
George A. Holloway Sr.
Elliece Johnson Memorial
Tony and Louise Palma

The Manning M. Pattillo, Jr., Endowed Scholar: Funding was established in 1988 by the Oglethorpe National Alumni Association from gifts received from many alumni and friends. Dr. Pattillo was Oglethorpe’s 13th president, serving from 1975 until his retirement in 1988. In recognition of his exemplary leadership in building an academically strong student body and a gifted faculty, the scholarship is awarded to an academically superior student with demonstrated leadership skills.

The Milton M. Ratner Endowed Scholarship Fund: Funding was established in 1999 by the Milton M. Ratner Foundation of West Bloomfield, MI.

The E. Rivers and Una Rivers Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by the late Mrs. Una S. Rivers to provide for deserving students who qualify for the Oglethorpe Scholars Award.

The Fred C. Robey Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by Fred C. Robey, class of 1997. This scholarship is awarded based upon financial need to students enrolled in Oglethorpe’s evening degree program.

The J. Mack Robinson Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by Atlanta businessman J. Mack Robinson. It is awarded to a deserving student who meets the general qualifications of the Oglethorpe Scholars Award. Preference is given to students majoring in business administration.

The John P. Salamone Endowed Scholar: This scholarship was established by Ben Salamone in honor of his son, John P. Salamone, a graduate of the class of 1986 who died in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student leader from New Jersey, New York or Connecticut who is involved or demonstrates the potential to be involved in campus activities such as the intramural program, the athletic program, etc. Preference is given to a male student from New Jersey.

The Rhett Pinson Sanders Endowed Scholar: Rhett Pinson Sanders, Class of 1943, attended Oglethorpe during the early 1940s, a time when few students could pursue education without financial aid. She greatly appreciated the education she received at Oglethorpe and desired to help others obtain the benefit of the “Oglethorpe Experience.” The Scholarship is awarded to deserving Juniors and Seniors to help them finish their degrees.

The Steve and Jeanne Schmidt Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt to support an outstanding student based upon high academic achievement and leadership in Campus Life. The late Mr. Schmidt, class of 1940, was a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees and a recipient of an Oglethorpe Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Mrs. Schmidt is a member of the class of 1942.

The Timothy P. Tassopoulos Endowed Scholar: Funding was established in 1983 by S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, Inc., in honor of Timothy P. Tassopoulos, a 1981 graduate of Oglethorpe University. This scholarship is awarded to individuals who demonstrate academic achievement and leadership ability.

The Dr. Heyl G. and Ruth D. Tebo Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by Dr. and Mrs. Tebo in 1994 to support Georgia residents majoring in chemistry, biology or other sciences. Preference is given to students who plan to do graduate study in medicine, dentistry or other specialties in the health sciences field. Dr. Tebo is an alumnus of Oglethorpe, class of 1937.

The Lorie Vivian Terry Memorial Scholarship Fund: Funding was established by a gift from the Terry Family as well as friends and family. The purpose of The Fund is:  To provide scholarship assistance to an Oglethorpe University student with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Preference is given to active members of Chi Omega’s Delta Theta Chapter who have demonstrated the ability to uphold the six purposes of Chi Omega: Friendship, High Standards of Personnel, Sincere Learning and Creditable Scholarship, Participation in Campus Activities, Career Development  and Community Service.  

The J. M. Tull Scholar: Funding was established by a gift from the J. M. Tull Foundation in 1984. Scholarships are awarded annually to superior students with leadership ability as well as financial need.

The United Technologies Corporation Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by a grant from the United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, Connecticut. The fund provides scholarship support for able and deserving students who are majoring in science or pursuing a pre-engineering program. United Technologies Scholars must have at least a 3.2 grade-point average and leadership ability, as well as financial need.

The Charles Longstreet Weltner Memorial Endowed Scholar: Funding was established in 1993 by former U.S. Senator Wyche Fowler, Jr., a longtime friend and colleague of Weltner. An alumnus of the class of 1948 and trustee of Oglethorpe University, Charles Weltner was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia at the time of his death in 1993. He was the recipient of the 1991 Profile in Courage award and a recipient of an Oglethorpe Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He was a tireless advocate for equal rights for minorities and, while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, was the only congressman from the Deep South to vote for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Weltner Scholarships are awarded annually to selected Oglethorpe students who are residents of Georgia with financial need, satisfactory academic records and, to the extent allowed by law, of African-American descent. At the donor’s request, the amount of the scholarship award to any recipient is to be no more than one-half of full tuition in order to encourage student recipients to work to provide required additional funds.

The L. W. “Lefty” and Frances E. Willis Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by the family of the late L. W. “Lefty” Willis, class of 1925. Preference will be given to outstanding students who are pursuing a pre-engineering program. This award is based on academic achievement, leadership ability and financial need.

The Vivian P. and Murray D. Wood Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Murray D. Wood. Mr. Wood is a former vice chairman of the Board of Trustees and former chairman of Oglethorpe University’s Campaign for Excellence. Scholarship preference is given to superior students who are majoring in accounting.

The David, Helen and Marian Woodward Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by grants from the David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund of Atlanta to provide assistance to students who meet the criteria for an Oglethorpe Scholars Award. The award is based upon superior academic achievement, leadership potential and financial need.

The Louise H. Woodbury Endowed Scholar: Funding was established by the late Mrs. Louise H. Woodbury. Scholarship preference is given to a worthy student in need.

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