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Alumnus' estate to benefit Urban Scholars

Nov. 2, 2007
By Jennifer Bowie

Ohio University has received an $850,000 gift from the estate of alumnus James W. Bartholomew to support the Urban Scholars Program.

Bartholomew earned two Ohio University degrees: a bachelor of science in education in 1939 and a master of science in 1941. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin?Madison with a doctorate in microbiology, Bartholomew began a lifelong career on the faculty of the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Southern California. He retired in 1981 and moved to Oceanside, Calif. He passed away in April 2006.

"(Dr. Bartholomew's) generosity will help us support students from Ohio's inner cities who really want to go to college and succeed, but may never have the means to do so," President Roderick McDavis said. "It shows that he truly understood the value of scholarships for our students."

Originally from Conneaut, Ohio, Bartholomew married his college sweetheart, Helen S. Buzard, who earned her bachelor's degree in home economics from Ohio University in 1940. She passed away in 2002.

"I believe my brother left a large portion of his estate to Ohio University because he had met his wife there," said Esther Baxter, Bartholomew's sister. Another sister, Theora Bartholomew, earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio University in 1930. She resides in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

"(Theora) taught high school all her life in Bakersfield, Calif., and she set up a scholarship for that school's drama department. She got after him to do something for his university," Baxter said.

Continuing the family's Ohio University tradition, Bartholomew's grandson Jeffrey Baxter earned a bachelor's degree in communication here in 1999.

The university's Urban Scholars Program provides scholarships for students from urban school districts who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. Efforts to date have led to recruiting and supporting 33 Urban Scholars: 13 who began classes in fall 2005, 10 who began in fall 2006 and 10 who began this fall. The Bartholomew gift will help the university reach its goal of supporting 100 scholars annually by providing scholarships for tuition and fees.

To contribute to the Urban Scholars Program, visit www.ohio.edu/development/ or contact The Ohio University Foundation at giving@ohio.edu.

If you wish to speak with a media specialist about this story, contact Jennifer Bowie, director of development communication, at bowiej@ohio.edu or 740-597-2987.


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