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Ohio Wesleyan University Receives $500,000 Estate Gift
Alumna’s Bequest Supports Students Seeking to Become Teachers

December 17, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University announced today that it has received a $500,000 estate gift from Margaret Beamer Juergens to support scholarships for students seeking to become high school or elementary school teachers.

Juergens, a 1938 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, created the Margaret Beamer Juergens Scholarship in 1993 to commemorate her 55th class reunion. A former teacher, Juergens designated the scholarship to assist education majors who show both financial need and academic promise.

While at Ohio Wesleyan, Juergens studied education and Latin, graduating with high honors. She was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest undergraduate honors organization in the United States, and to the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, the first national organization to honor senior college women. Today, Mortar Board honors both women and men who exemplify its ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service.

Additionally, Juergens served as president of Chi Omega, the largest women’s fraternal association in the world, and traveled to college campuses around the country as a member of Ohio Wesleyan’s debate team.

Juergens, 90, died Sept. 24 in Naples, Fla. Before moving to Florida, she lived in Shaker Heights, Ohio, for nearly 50 years, and was active with organizations including the College Club of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland YWCA, and Cleveland Play House. Throughout her life, she was a dedicated contributor to Ohio Wesleyan, providing gifts to support the university’s Annual Fund as well as the Juergens Scholarship.

“We are grateful that Peggy Juergens thought so much of her Ohio Wesleyan education that she wanted to share the experience with others,” said Mark H. Shipps, vice president for University Relations at Ohio Wesleyan. “The Juergens Scholarship will help to educate future teachers to follow in her accomplished footsteps.”

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.