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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Fifth class of Cox Scholars selected at IU

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Sept. 16, 2008

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Twenty-one undergraduates at Indiana University's Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Cox Scholarship for 2009-10.

Now in its fifth year, the Cox Scholarship program was started with a $15 million contribution from IU alumnus Jesse Cox and his wife, Beulah. The Coxes initiated the scholarship fund to reward students who balance both work and school in the pursuit of an IU degree, just as Jesse Cox did during the 1930s.

"Because of the foresight and generosity of Jesse and Beulah Cox, these 21 bright and industrious students are assured of being able to finance their education, even in these tough economic times," said Gene Tempel, president of the Indiana University Foundation.

"Because of their hard work and the education Jesse received at Indiana University, the Coxes successfully made their way despite the challenges of the Great Depression. They left the best legacy possible, by providing scholarships for the next generation of dedicated students. No doubt they would be very proud of these scholars," Tempel added.

The Jesse H. and Beulah Chanely Cox Scholarship fund is IU's most charitable merit-based scholarship for working students who are in-state residents. The renewable scholarship provides 75 percent of the estimated cost of attendance at IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Always determined and enterprising, Jesse Cox began his entrepreneurial career with a transit and mimeograph service while in college at IU Bloomington. Following his graduation, he and Beulah started the J.H. Cox Manufacturing Co., a wholesale venetian blind company. They then purchased a small bankrupt company and started the Aero Blind and Drapery Co. They turned the company into the leading window treatment company in the upper Midwest.

After selling this company in 1982, they next went on to develop businesses in both agriculture and commercial real estate in Monroe, Boone, Hamilton and Putnam counties.

The members of the 2009-10 class of Cox Scholars are:

To learn more about the program and how to apply, go to

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