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Western College Dean's scholarships announced


OXFORD, Ohio -- A $4.5 million gift to Miami University will be used

for scholarships for students in the university's School of Interdisciplinary

Studies (Western College Program).

The Western Dean's Scholarship Fund was made possible through a gift from

Elizabeth Turner, a retired Hamilton High School teacher, who died in 1963 at

age 80. Miss Turner had designated that her estate benefit relatives during

their lifetimes and that the bulk of her bequest be turned over to her alma

mater following their deaths.

"I think Miss Turner would enthusiastically endorse using her gift for

scholarships," said Miami President James C. Garland. "As a favorite teacher

of two generations of Hamilton High students she was committed to helping young

people, just as she was committed to Western College."

Turner was a 1907 graduate of Western College for Women, which became part of

Miami in 1974 and which now houses Miami's Western Program.

The scholarships, to be awarded on the basis of merit and/or need, will be

renewable for four years. They are expected to cover a minimum of half the

cost of tuition and fees.

The number of scholarships awarded each year will vary depending upon the

amount of the awards, but it's anticipated that at least 40-48 students

annually will benefit from the gift with 10 -12 students being named

scholarship recipients each year.

"Miami's Western Program combines the characteristics of a small liberal arts

college with the resources of a large university," said Dean Burton I. Kaufman.

"Our goal is to recruit the type of student who would be competitive at the

nation's most prestigious private liberal arts colleges."

The Western Program allows students to design individualized academic programs

and explore topics and issues from multiple perspectives. After completing

interdisciplinary core courses, juniors and seniors working one-on-one with a

faculty adviser design an individualized program tailored to their career


Outstanding students who demonstrate unusual creative or academic ability and

are interested in an interdisciplinary approach to learning should

contact Miami's admission office at 513-529-2531 for more information.

Applications for the scholarships must be completed by Jan. 31, 1999.


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