Press Release

Ohio Wesleyan University Receives $100,000 Gift Commitment

December 1, 2014 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan has received a gift to create a scholarship for international students. To share their cultures with the campus, OWU’s international students hold a Culture Fest each year featuring performances and food. Ohio Wesleyan currently has students enrolled from more than 40 countries. (Photo by LaRae Scheurell)

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University has received a $100,000 gift commitment to endow a scholarship for international students and support the Ohio Wesleyan Fund.

The gift will create the Anna Philip Endowed Scholarship to support OWU’s large population of international students. Ohio Wesleyan currently has students from more than 40 countries living and learning on its 200-acre campus. The gift also will benefit the Ohio Wesleyan Fund, an unrestricted account that supports campus operations, including student scholarships, faculty development, and building improvements.

The new scholarship is named in honor of Anna Philip, who has spent more than three decades in education, including many years as a school teacher.

“Ohio Wesleyan strives to provide students with an internationally focused education that prepares them for citizenship and leadership in the global society,” said President Rock Jones, Ph.D. “Our campus and curriculum both benefit from the presence and perspectives provided by our many international students. This contribution helps us to support that vibrant culture. We are thankful for the vision and generosity reflected in this gift.”

The contribution comes during the leadership phase of Ohio Wesleyan’s “Connect Today, Create Tomorrow” campaign, launched in July. The seven-year campaign already has resulted in more than $50 million in gifts and commitments. Learn more about giving to the university at

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 86 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,750 students represent 46 U.S. states and territories and 43 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at