Incoming freshmen from Cuyahoga and Knox counties are recipients of the inaugural Clarence Terry Jr. Memorial Scholarships.
Jessica Glenn of Oakwood Village and Olivia Williams of Howard will each receive a $4,000 scholarship for their first year of college. The nonrenewable awards honor the memory of Clarence Terry Jr., a 35-year BGSU employee who retired as director of multicultural recruitment not long before his death in May 2008. Terry earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BGSU as well, in 1973 and 1975, respectively.
The scholarships are for incoming freshmen of African-American and Hispanic heritage who maintained a high school grade point average of at least 2.7. Applicants were also required to submit an essay of up to 500 words on the importance of multicultural students on the BGSU campus.
Glenn is a graduate of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, where she had a GPA of 3.03. She plans to major in psychology at Bowling Green.
In her essay, Glenn wrote that “having multicultural students on the BGSU campus will expand our thinking and create a unity that will strengthen our community. The importance of this can be the difference between BGSU producing intellectual students who will simply go out and contribute to society, or producing students with broadened thinking who will go out and completely transform society.”
Williams intends to major in general/individualized business. She is a graduate of East Knox High School, with a 3.61 GPA.
Williams wrote that the presence of multicultural students at BGSU is important “because it allows intercultural opportunities and provides further opportunities for specific ethnicities, races and cultures. By providing these opportunities, it creates a more well-rounded student and better prepares this student for the diverse world we live in.”
The University created the scholarships with Terry’s wife, Dr. Ardenia Jones Terry, who also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bowling Green, in 1972 and 1973, plus a Ph.D. in higher education administration in 2000.