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SOU donors just might turn students into doctors

Mackenzie Murphy, an SOU Honors College senior and hopeful physician-to-be, has reached out through the SOU Foundation to thank donors who have contributed to the university and made her honors scholarship possible.

“A lot of the students in the Honors College come from low-income backgrounds and most of us honestly would not be able to afford to go to a four-year college,” Murphy said.

She is a biology major with minors in chemistry and mathematics, and plans to attend medical school and then work as an emergency room physician. She is from New York, and fell in love with the university and Ashland community when she came to SOU for a visit.

“Everybody here is so nice and supportive,” Murphy said. “My ideal goal is to go to OHSU and to practice in the Oregon area.”

Acceptance into the SOU Honors College can be life-changing for students. All students in the program receive scholarships.

“I am deeply appreciative of each and every donor,” Murphy said. “Their donations have helped so many students like me, and they have impacted the way we see our education and how well we are going to do in the future.”

Private gifts from donors and other philanthropic partners make up an important revenue source for the university. Funding through the SOU Foundation helps to attract and retain the best and brightest faculty, provide scholarships, build first-class facilities and maintain the quality of SOU’s education and research programs.

Reposted from the SOU Foundation website

SOU Receives a Third Million Dollar Cash Grant From the Osher Foundation

Latest Endowment is for Reentry Students’ Scholarships

(Ashland, ORE) – The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco has awarded the Southern Oregon University Foundation a one-million-dollar cash grant for reentry scholarships. It’s the third million-dollar cash grant the Osher Foundation has made to SOU since 2009.

“The Osher Foundation has been incredibly generous to SOU,” says University President Mary Cullinan. “This scholarship support will transform lives for generations of reentry students. I am thrilled.”

For the past three years, the Osher Foundation has provided SOU with $50,000 annually for reentry scholarships. The proceeds from the one million dollar endowment will allow scholarships of approximately $50,000 to continue to be offered in perpetuity.
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