The Erik Downes Memorial Scholarship is provided by Erik’s family, fellow students, faculty, friends and the Oglethorpe community. The scholarship fund will provide a young person with the Oglethorpe experience that was so dear and important to Erik. Erik was active on campus in the Student Government Association and Student Senate, was the vice-president of the student body and a member of the honor council , involved in OU’s Center for Civic Engagement and served as a Resident Assistant. A positive community spirit, Erik was a champion for his fellow students, study abroad and health and fitness. The Erik Downes Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student with preference given to candidates from Florida and specifically the Fort Myers area. An on-campus committee will make a recommendation of the top candidate to the Oglethorpe University President for selection and the family will be notified of the scholar.
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