New Cutler Scholars named
Newest scholarship aims to foster alumni giving
Jul 16, 2009
By George Mauzy
Ohio University's newest Manasseh Cutler Scholarship will not only provide an opportunity for one new student to earn a degree, it also provides an opportunity for the program's alumni to begin giving back.
According to Karen Deardorff, associate director of the program, anonymous donors are funding the Cutler Scholars Alumni-Cutler Scholarship, hoping their actions will provide incentive for other Cutler Scholars alumni to give.
"The donors hope their generosity inspires the program's many successful alumni who are capable of giving back to the program to do so," Deardorff said.
The privately funded Manassah Cutler Scholarship Program provides students with an annual stipend to cover undergraduate tuition, room and board, and four summers of enrichment experiences, including study and work aboard.
It was created to educate capable and committed young people to be informed citizens. The program emphasizes development of leadership potential and is designed to reinforce an ethic of civic responsibility.
"The generosity of the Cutler Scholar graduates to give back to the program illustrates the deep affection our alumni have for this university and their understanding of the value of scholarships for future students," said Howard R. Lipman, vice president of advancement and president and CEO of the Ohio University Foundation. "With the decline of state funding, scholarships are more important than ever in our recruitment, development and retention of talented students."
In the fall, the program will welcome 11 new recipients. Here's a look at the students and just some of their many accomplishments:
|Terrence Berry, Asbury Park High School, Asbury Park, N.J., was named the James E. Daley-Cutler Scholar. He is a recipient of the Army National Guard Student-of-the-Month Award, the Youth Hall of Fame Award and was a member of the American Conference on Diversity Program, the Youth Advisory Board and the National Society of High School Scholars.|| |
|Alexander Bill, Chagrin Falls High School, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was named the Henry W. and Edith Pattison-Cutler Scholar. He was the president of his high school Student Council and a member of the Debate Club, the Philosophy Club (co-founder, co-president), the Recycling Club and the school orchestra (cello section). |
|Ethan Cottrill, McClain High School, Greenfield, Ohio, was named the Cutler Scholars Alumni-Cutler Scholar. He was valedictorian and also was involved in the Spanish Club, the Quick Recall team, the Chess Club, the Envirothon team and the Senior Executive Committee. He also was elected into the National Athletic Honor Society and earned varsity letters in track and basketball.|
|Cole Crouse, McClain High School, Greenfield, Ohio, was named the Wilfred R. Konneker-Cutler Scholar. He was salutatorian at McClain High School and served as president of the senior class and editor of the newspaper. He was vice president of the National Honor Society, captain of the Quick Recall team and a member of Student Council, Latin Club, Chess Club, Drama Club, McClain Youth in Action and Junior Executive Committee.|
|Alison Leonard, Oak Hill High School, Oak Hill, Ohio, was named the Leona and Lewis Hughes-Cutler Scholar. She will major in nursing and has plans to work as a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant in a neo-natal intensive care unit. At her high school, she was valedictorian, president of Student Council and a member of the National Honor Society, Oakamania Honors Society, Library Club, Journalism Club, Science Club, Hi-Q Team and the yearbook staff. |
|Elena Mihajlovska, Josip Broz Tito High School, Bitola, Republic of Macedonia, was named the Risto Gusterov-Cutler Scholar. She was president of her high school youth organization, a peer educator and leader of a hiking group in the Bitola area.|
|Shaila Meeker, Martins Ferry High School, Martins Ferry, Ohio, was named the Alan E. and Ruby T. Riedel-Cutler Scholar. She was valedictorian at Martins Ferry High School and was a member of the National Honor Society and a student council representative. |
|Nicholas Vargo, Orrville High School, Orrville, Ohio, was named the Charles and Marilyn Stuckey-Cutler Scholar. He will major in mechanical engineering. While in high school, he was on student council, chair of the canned food drive and a member of the first Orrville Young Entrepreneurs program. |
|Jaime Warner, Southern High School, Syracuse, Ohio, was named a Dr. James H. and Nellie Rowley Jewell-Cutler Scholar. She was salutatorian and vice president of the National Honor Society. She served on student council, yearbook committee, prom committee and Pep Club, and was recognized on the All "A" Honor Roll. |
|James "Ernie" Welsh, Meigs High School, Pomeroy, Ohio, was named a Dr. James H. and Nellie Rowley Jewell-Cutler Scholar. He was named to the all-conference academic honor roll and a Buckeye Boy's State delegate. He was a member of the National Honor Society, active in student government and served as senior class president.|
|Gabriel Weinstein, Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio, was named a Jeannette Grasselli Brown-Cutler Scholar. He will major in journalism through the Honors Tutorial College. In high school, he was a member of the marching, concert, and symphonic bands and also participated in the Diller Teen Fellows Ambassadors for Unity and the Student Group on Race Relations.|
Updated at 10:23 a.m. to incorporate a photo correction.
Cutler Scholars Program: http://www.ohio.edu/cutler/
Published: Jul 16, 2009 8:56 AM
Donors make scholarships possible
This year's class of Manasseh Cutler Scholars was made possible through the generous support of Ohio University alumni. Because of their gifts, students receive an annual stipend to cover undergraduate tuition, room and board, and four summers of enrichment experiences, including study and work aboard.
Here's a look at the donors:
- James E. Daley, who endowed this scholarship in 2004, is a 1959 graduate of Asbury Park High School and a 1963 graduate of the College of Business at Ohio University. He established the scholarship to give graduates of his hometown in Asbury Park, N.J., the opportunity to attend Ohio University. A resident of Plano, Texas, Daley was a member of the Ohio University Foundation Board and an active participant in the university's capital campaigns.
- Henry W. and Edith Pattison, both Ohio University alumni, met while attending Ohio University and were married for 57 years. They designated this scholarship for an exceptional and qualified student to attend college. The scholarship was developed through an estate gift to be given to any qualified student without restriction.
- Anonymous donors have made a pledge for the next four years toward the Cutler Scholars Alumni-Cutler Scholarship. The donors have challenged Cutler Scholars alumni to contribute the additional dollars needed to fully fund the scholarship, with a second anonymous benefactor agreeing to contribute the difference between the pledge and the alumni contributions.
- Wilfred R. Konneker, a graduate of McClain High School in Greenfield, Ohio, and Ohio University, was a pioneer in the field of nuclear medicine. Konneker endowed a Cutler Scholars Award to be given annually to a graduate of McClain High School.
- Leona Hughes, a graduate of both Oak Hill High School and Ohio University, endowed the Leona and Lewis Hughes-Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award. She was an active member of the National Board of the Ohio University Alumni Association and was a trustee of the Ohio University Foundation.
- Risto Gusterov established the Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award for students from the Republic of Macedonia. The first Gusterov-Cutler Scholar, Bisera Gjosevska, enrolled at Ohio University in the fall of 2000.
- Ruby Tignor and Alan E. Riedel are alumni of Ohio University. The scholarship, which is one of the three Cutler Scholarships the couple supports, is reserved for a student from Belmont County, Ohio.
- A 1966 graduate of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Charles Stuckey is CEO of the RSA Security Co. in Bedford, Mass. He is also a member of the Russ College Board of Visitors Advisory Committee and was co-chair of the college's Advancement Committee during the Bicentennial Campaign. The Stuckeys elected to present the Charles and Marilyn Stuckey-Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award to a student pursuing a degree in engineering.
- James H. Jewell, a native of southeast Ohio and a graduate of Ohio University, established a Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award to be given annually to a graduate of schools in Meigs and Vinton counties.
- Jeanette Grasselli Brown, a native of Cleveland and alumna of Ohio University, has served as a trustee of Ohio University and as a member of the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees. She and her husband, Glenn Brown, established the Jeanette Grasselli Brown-Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award to be given to a graduate of a selected group of high schools in the Cleveland area.
-- George Mauzy