Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, has announced a $1 million gift from alumnus and trustee Thomas W. Palmer, ('69), and his wife, Susan, in support of the OWU Global Scholars Program.
The gift, along with an additional $1 million in gifts made by the couple since 2014, will create a $2 million endowment for the Thomas W. Palmer '69 and Susan Palmer Global Scholars Program. Established in 2017, the program is part of the Ohio Wesleyan Global Studies Institute, which brings together faculty and students from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts to explore issues and problems across the spectrum of academic disciplines. A dozen or more incoming students are invited into the program each fall, with program participants engaging in four semesters of foreign-language study and receiving a $4,000 stipend to pursue an international research or study project of their choice. Seniors in the program are expected to complete a faculty-supervised thesis or capstone project, which they present at a year-end conference.
Palmer majored in economics at OWU and has practiced law for more than forty-five years with Marshall & Melhorn, LLC. Susan Palmer is a former educator and development director for the Toledo Museum of Art, where she serves on the board of trustees.
"Susan and Tom Palmer's incredibly generous endowment ensures that the Global Scholars Program will exist to benefit future generations of Ohio Wesleyan students, many of whom would not be able to study abroad if it were not for the associated stipends," said program director Jeremy Baskes. "Innovative programs at OWU are deeply dependent on the generosity of donors such as the Palmers. Ohio Wesleyan, and specifically the Global Scholars Program, is exceedingly lucky to have such committed and caring benefactors."
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