Ohio Wesleyan University Receives $269,000 Estate Gift

Contribution to Support Mark DiLorenzo Memorial Scholarship Fund
In this 1970s-era photograph, former Ohio Wesleyan University professor Ron Rollins and student Mark DiLorenzo share poetry with the campus. Today, Ohio Wesleyan remembers DiLorenzo with a scholarship endowed by his parents in his memory. (Photo courtesy of Le Bijou Yearbook)

In this 1970s-era photograph, former Ohio Wesleyan University professor Ron Rollins and student Mark DiLorenzo share poetry with the campus. Today, Ohio Wesleyan remembers DiLorenzo with a scholarship endowed by his parents in his memory. (Photo courtesy of Le Bijou Yearbook)

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University has received a $269,000 contribution from estate of Lois K. DiLorenzo of Dedham, Mass. The bequest will support student scholarships awarded through the university’s Mark DiLorenzo Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The fund was established nearly 40 years ago by Lois and Albert DiLorenzo to honor their son, Mark, a 1973 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus killed in an accident shortly after his graduation. While at Ohio Wesleyan, Mark DiLorenzo majored in English. Friends recall that he and then-professor Ron Rollins collaborated to host poetry sessions for the campus community.

“It is humbling to be remembered by Lois and Albert DiLorenzo in their estate and to know that Ohio Wesleyan remained in their hearts and minds throughout their lifetimes,” said President Rock Jones, Ph.D. “The DiLorenzos continued to visit Delaware well into the 1990s. Colleagues who knew them and Mark remember the family with great fondness. We are honored that they chose to support our educational mission and our students with this generous gift.”

Lois DiLorenzo died in November 2010 and Albert DiLorenzo in 1995. Following the couple’s wishes, the DiLorenzo Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to a male Ohio Wesleyan student with a strong academic record.

Learn more about making estate gifts and other contributions to Ohio Wesleyan at http://giving.owu.edu.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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