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01-14-2006

North Country Merit Scholarship Fund Established in Honor of Clarkson University Alum

Clarkson University has received an $80,000 donation to establish the "Frederick W. Cleveland Jr. '46 North Country Merit Scholarship." F.W. Cleveland

The Frederick W. Cleveland Jr. '46 North Country Merit Scholarship is a permanently restricted, endowed fund. The income from the fund will provide annual merit scholarship awards to students of Clarkson University who reside in Essex, Franklin, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties of New York State.

Born in Ogdensburg in 1925, Cleveland graduated from Potsdam High School and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Clarkson in 1946 and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 1967. While at Clarkson he was a member of Omicron Pi Omicron Fraternity and Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. When the first atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945, Cleveland wrote an article for publication in the Potsdam newspaper explaining what an atomic bomb does and how it works.

Cleveland joined Eastman Kodak as a chemist-physicist in 1948. He worked for Merck Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey during the 1950s and served during the Korean War.

In 1955, he joined the faculty of Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, N.J., and remained on Stevens' faculty until his retirement. Cleveland moved his primary residence from Manhattan back to Potsdam upon retiring. He worked actively to improve the quality of life in the North Country and was named "Volunteer of the Year" by North Country Public Radio in 1992.

Cleveland created and endowed the F.W. Cleveland Foundation to support community institutions in the North Country. He died unexpectedly on October 8, 2001.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson University recently received $80,000 from the F.W. Cleveland Foundation to make Merit Scholarships available to students residing in Essex, Franklin, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.


[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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