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Release: Oct. 9, 2002

Oglesby gift to UI creates student scholarship, first endowed KSUI program fund

William and Sharon Oglesby of Iowa City have made a gift to the University of Iowa Foundation creating two endowed funds at the UI: a student scholarship and the first endowed fund supporting radio station KSUI.

The William B. and Sharon P. Oglesby Scholarship fund will support one or more annual awards for deserving UI students who are members of First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City.

"Sharon and I have worked in education at the high school and university levels our whole lives," William Oglesby said, "and we believe education is the biggest factor not only in one's financial success, but in one's aesthetic enjoyment of life." Added Sharon Oglesby, "The scholarship seemed like a way to blend our lifelong commitments to education and to the Presbyterian Church." The Oglesby Scholarship will be awarded based on need and merit.

Tom DePrenger, the foundation's director of development for special university initiatives, said, "The Oglesbys' generous gift gets to the heart of what the UI comprehensive campaign is about -- ensuring our continued ability to provide deserving students with a quality education at the University of Iowa."

The Oglesbys' gift also will create the William B. and Sharon P. Oglesby KSUI Program Fund to support music programming at the university's public radio station.

"Having been a librarian for years, I know you can only be as good as your collection allows you to be," Sharon Oglesby said. "KSUI has been our station of choice for 30 years. We wanted to ensure it will continue to provide Iowa with the best classical programming available in the area."

Said WSUI/KSUI Director John Monick, "The Oglesbys' gift is the first endowed support fund established by contributors to KSUI. It is a wonderful gift that will add to the stability of KSUI, and help ensure the quality of our programming now and far into the future. We hope it will serve as an incentive to other listeners to consider gifts of a similar magnitude."

The Oglesbys describe their $80,000 gift to establish the two endowed funds as "an important first step" in their continuing commitment to make additional significant gifts to the UI. The Oglesbys are members of the Presidents Club, which honors the university's most generous contributors.

"Being part of the Presidents Club is meaningful to us because it signals our dedication to an institution that has meant a great deal to us and that serves countless people, in Iowa and beyond," Sharon Oglesby said. "It also helps us form relationships with others who share these values and our commitment to the University of Iowa."

For 26 years, from 1969 to 1995, Bill Oglesby served as director of the UI Audiovisual Center. Sharon Oglesby worked for many years as a media specialist at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, and prior to that at Clinton High School in Clinton, Ill.

The Oglesby gift is part of the UI's $850 million comprehensive campaign, which will run through 2005 and is being conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation. Named "Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance Our Great University," the seven-year effort is raising private funds to help launch a variety of initiatives across the university, substantially increase the number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty positions, support new educational and research facilities, build the UI's endowment and fund outreach and service programs to benefit Iowans.

The UI Foundation is acknowledged by the UI as a preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the Good. Better. Best. Iowa campaign, visit its web site at