ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 10, 2004) -- More than $500,000 from the William O. and Margaret T. Hieber Loving ® Trust will support Ohio University's Urban Scholars Program, which will enhance diversity at the university by providing need-based scholarships for students from urban centers.
Bill Hieber, who was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, received his AB from Ohio University's College of Arts & Sciences in 1934. A native of Akron, Ohio, his career included service in the United States Navy; as a Sanitarian, an environmental health professional; as a paralegal; as a notary public; and as owner of a motel in Florida. He also was a member of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America (Shriners). He passed in 1995. He and Margaret Taylor were married in 1943 in Painesville, Ohio. Margaret Hieber, who was a native of Cleveland, was a registered nurse and helped her husband run their motel. She passed in August of 2003.
"Margaret was a little person, but she was a Mighty Mouse," said Carol Buck, trustee of the Hieber estate and the administrator of a long-term facility in which Margaret Hieber resided. "She was a strong-willed, gutsy gal with tons of friends. You couldn't help but like her."
In their estate, the Hiebers set aside a share of their Trust to establish a need-based scholarship fund at Ohio University – $430,000 of which has already been received by The Ohio University Foundation. The remainder of the funds is expected soon. The scholarship fund will support the Ohio University Urban Scholars Program. The mission of the Urban Scholars Program is to provide scholarships for students graduating from urban school districts – including Akron and Cleveland, the Hiebers' hometowns – who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. Preliminary goals include recruiting and supporting 10 Urban Scholars who will begin classes in the fall of 2005 and eventually supporting 100 new scholars annually by providing support for tuition and fees.
"This program is designed to target that tier of students who sometimes get missed as universities compete for the top percentage of members of underrepresented student populations," said Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio University. "This approach allows us to focus on some of our diversity challenges in a unique way. By offering scholarships to students from Ohio's inner cities who really want to go to college and want the opportunity to succeed, we renew our commitment to promoting an atmosphere where understanding and accepting cultural differences is a top priority."
"Ohio University is committed to making positive changes for all of our students. The goal of this particular Program is to enhance the collegiate experience for our students hailing from urban centers, which will benefit all students by better preparing them to enter a diverse workforce," said Leonard Raley, vice president for University Advancement.
Chartered in 1804, Ohio University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Students come from every state in the union and 100 different countries. Presently enrolling more than 29,000 students on the Athens campus and five regional campuses, Ohio University offers 285 undergraduate majors through 10 academic colleges and the Center for International Studies. The University also offers master's degrees in nearly all areas, 20 doctoral degrees and a doctoral degree in osteopathic medicine.
The Ohio University Foundation is the repository for all private gifts through annual giving programs, capital, and special campaigns and planned or deferred gifts. The Foundation is an institutionally related, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501c(3) organization.
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