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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.