Andrew Family Will Provide $100,000 Per Year for APEX Fellowships
Annual support to be followed by creation of $2 million endowment
WOOSTER, Ohio, Oct. 11, 2013 – The College of Wooster today announced that Edie Andrew, the Andrew Family Foundation, and the BARKLEE Foundation will provide $100,000 per year to fund approximately 25-30 APEX Fellowships for Wooster students, beginning this year. Edie Andrew also announced plans to fund the fellowships permanently by establishing the Edward J. Andrew Fellowship Endowment with a $2 million bequest from her estate. APEX is Wooster’s integrated program for student academic and career advising, planning, and experiential learning.
The Edward J. Andrew Fellowships will support internships, entrepreneurial ventures, and vocational exploration opportunities for Wooster students. They are named in honor of Edie Andrew’s late husband, a 1961 graduate of The College of Wooster, member of the college’s board of trustees from 1982 until 2008, and trustee emeritus from 2008 until his death in 2013.
“My family and I are very happy to support The College of Wooster in such a meaningful way in memory of Ed,” Edie Andrew said. “A strong advocate for liberal arts education, Ed would appreciate the value the APEX program brings to Wooster students, providing them the opportunity to gain meaningful, ‘real world’ experience alongside the scholarly, mentored research experience of I.S. We are pleased to honor Ed’s deep affinity for and devotion to The College of Wooster.”
“The College of Wooster has benefited greatly from Ed and Edie Andrew’s philanthropic partnership and vision over many years,” said Wooster President Grant H. Cornwell, “and through this generous gift, Wooster students will continue to benefit from their love for this college. Andrew Fellowships will be awarded to students who submit the most exceptional proposals and will be the most prestigious of all fellowships awarded by APEX.”
Ed Andrew graduated from Wooster in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and worked for Andrew Corporation, an international manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, for 30 years, retiring as chairman in 1993. He and Edie, his wife of almost 56 years, endowed the Victor J. Andrew Professorship in Physics in memory of his father, himself a 1926 graduate of the college, in 1992, and were major donors to the renovation of Kauke Hall in 2006. The E. and E. Andrew Turf Field at Papp Stadium is named in the couple’s honor.
The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.