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Alumna funds Manasseh Cutler Scholarship at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (July 18, 2006) -- Ohio University's Cutler Scholarship Program will receive $900,000 from the estate of alumna Beatrice Morgan Gibby, who earned her bachelor's of science in education from the university in 1940. The Florida woman's estate will provide for the first Cutler Scholar designated specifically for the College of Education.

Gibby was born in Jackson County, Ohio, and received her early education at Bloomfield School. After graduating from Ohio University she was an instructor of business studies at Warsaw (Ohio) Senior High School. During World War II, Gibby was the executive secretary at Goodyear Aircraft, Corp. in Akron, Ohio. After the war, she worked in a number of business environments and from 1972-74 was a secretary at the United States Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal. From 1968 until 1980, she accompanied her husband, attorney Morris O. Gibby, who was a State Department Foreign Services Officer, to assignments in Rome, Lisbon and London. A World War II veteran, Morris Gibby was a prosecuting attorney in Ohio. He became a millionaire by age 41 and retired at 46. He died in 1998. 

The Cutler Scholarship Program, founded in 1995, provides students with tuition, room and board, and stipends for summer travel and structured programs. It is renewable for up to four years.

"Cutler Scholarships encourage our most academically-gifted undergraduates to explore careers in the teaching profession. We are thrilled to be able to offer the Beatrice Morgan Gibby-Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award exclusively to exceptional incoming education students, and we are certainly indebted to Mrs. Gibby for her foresight and generosity," says College of Education Senior Associate Dean Glenn Doston. 

Named to honor Ohio University co-founder Manasseh Cutler, whose goal it was to educate broadly, the Cutler Scholars Program began with the vision of Dr. Wilfred R. Konneker (B.S. '43, M.S. '47, L.L.D. '80) and Vice President Emeritus for Development at Ohio University, Jack G. Ellis (B.S.C.O.M. '57). Their vision became reality in 1996 when the first six outstanding students started their Ohio University education as Cutler Scholars. There are currently 34 Cutler Scholars attending Ohio University, including the addition of the class of 2009, which brought 11 new Cutler Scholars to campus. Each year, the Cutler Scholars Program moves closer to its goal of having 200 scholars on the Athens campus, including at least one from each of Ohio's 88 counties.

The Cutler Scholars Program provides students a unique opportunity "to grow in areas that they never would have thought possible before without the burden of financial concerns," said Ellis, currently associate director of the Cutler Scholars Program. 

Cutler Scholarships are particularly beneficial for College of Education students. Leona and Lewis Hughes-Manasseh Cutler Scholar Ashley Morgan Massie (B.S.Ed. '04) now teaches elementary school in Oak Hill, Ohio. "I feel three of the greatest gifts a teacher can give students are the ability to think critically, to view an issue from multiple perspectives and to challenge stereotypes. I practiced each of these skills every day in the Cutler Scholars Program, and I teach them every day now," said Massie.

Granted based on an extensive set of criterion including, academic standing, leadership potential, physical vigor, personal integrity, and extracurricular achievements, the Cutler Scholars Program is modeled after the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford and the Morehead Scholarship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

The first Gibby-Manasseh Cutler Scholar will be awarded in fall 2008 to an incoming freshman majoring in teacher education in the College of Education.

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