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Lois J. McClure funds Cutler Scholars award for Athens High School students

ATHENS, Ohio (May 20, 2005) -- Ohio University recently announced the creation of the J. Warren McClure-Stephen H. Fuller/Manasseh Cutler Scholars endowment, thanks to a $350,000 gift from Lois J. McClure, wife of late Ohio University alumnus J. Warren "Mac" McClure. The Cutler Scholars award will be used to enable an academically gifted student from Athens High School to attend Ohio University.

Lois McClureMrs. McClure made the gift in honor of her husband and his friend and fellow Athens High School and Ohio University alumnus, Stephen H. Fuller. Both men were active members of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and graduated from Athens High School in 1937.

The first student to receive the award will be a freshman at Ohio University in fall 2006 and will have been nominated and supported by teachers and guidance counselors at the school. Two finalists will receive personal interviews for the award on the Ohio University campus before being selected. The award includes a four-year scholarship, plus a study abroad opportunity and a summer internship. The value of the award is estimated to be more than $80,000.

"Creating a Cutler Scholars award in memory of Mac and Stephen was a great way to have both of them remembered together after they spent almost their entire lives as close friends," said Lois McClure. "They were friends since first grade and grew up a street apart in Athens, so this is a way to have them remembered together forever. Athens High School and Ohio University clearly allowed Mac to succeed in life, so this is a way of giving that same wonderful opportunity to other children."

J. Warren McClureMr. McClure earned a bachelor's degree in commerce in 1940 from Ohio University and later received a master's degree from Northwestern University. He served as publisher of The Burlington Free Press in Burlington, Vt., before selling it and several other newspapers to Gannett Co. Inc., in 1971.

A former trustee of The Ohio University Foundation, Mr. McClure received Ohio University's Medal of Merit Award in 1982 and the Award for Achievement in business in 1987. In 1988, Ohio University named the J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management. Lois and J. Warren McClure were married in December 1954. He died at the age of 84 in April 2004.

Fuller passed away on Jan. 25, 2005, at the age of 84. He is a former business administration professor who taught at both Harvard University and Ohio University. He earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio University in 1941, before receiving master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard. He served as an Ohio University Foundation trustee from 1976 to 1993. In 1977, Ohio University awarded Fuller with an honorary doctorate and he also was presented with the Award for Achievement in Business, a Medal of Merit and the Alumnus of the Year award in honor of his service to the university. Professionally, he helped establish the Asian Institute of Management in Manila and held prominent positions at the General Motors Corporation and World Book, Inc.

Stephen FullerThe Cutler Scholars Program was created in 1996. There are currently 35 Cutler Scholars attending Ohio University, with the addition of the class of 2008, which brought six new Cutler Scholars to campus. Each year, the Cutler Scholars Program moves closer to its goal of having 200 scholars on the Athens campus at all times, including at least one from each of Ohio's 88 counties.

On May 4, Lois McClure visited Athens High School for the dedication of the J. Warren McClure Conference Room and the announcement of the latest scholarship winners of the McClure Scholarship, which was made possible by a donation from the couple.

For more information, contact Ohio University Vice President Emeritus for Development Jack G. Ellis at (740) 593-4271 or ellis@ohio.edu.  

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Media Contact: Ohio University Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794

Editors: Photos of the McClures and Fuller can be found at: www.ohiou.edu/news/pix/MCCLURE_LOIS.JPG 

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