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Inside Iowa State
June 14, 1996

Alumni couple give $1 million for scholarships

by Michelle Johnson
Iowa State alumni Enlow Ose and Melena Adams Ose, Sacramento, Calif., have contributed $1 million toward the President's Scholarship Campaign.

"Enlow and Melena Ose's very generous gift demonstrates their commitment to both Iowa State University and the students we serve," said President Martin Jischke. "Their generosity will enable us to significantly expand our educational opportunities for students in the future, which is one of our most important goals as Iowa's land-grant university."

To date, the $26 million President's Scholarship Campaign has generated $24 million. A portion of the campaign funds are used to offer scholarships to National Merit Scholars. About 150 Merit scholars are expected to attend Iowa State this fall. A scholarship earmarked for a National Merit Scholar has been established in the Oses' name.

Melena Adams Ose graduated from Iowa State in 1946 in dietetics. She has served as a governor of the ISU Foundation since 1993. She also serves on the ISU Foundation Board of Directors, chairs the Foundation's Investment Committee and does extensive community volunteer work.

Enlow Ose earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State in 1947. He is president of Ose Properties Inc. and Melenco Inc., Sacramento, Calif. He also worked for General Motors as an auto engineer and began his career in real estate with Coldwell-Banker, Sacramento, Calif., in 1955.

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