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IUS School of Natural Sciences receives $1 million gift for new scholarship

Indiana University Southeast received a gift to the School of Natural Sciences by Mark Holloway in honor of his late wife and IUS alumna Teresa Blessinger.

The $1 million gift will create the Teresa Blessinger Memorial Scholarship for IUS School of Natural Sciences students.

“We are very grateful for this tremendous gift that will provide more scholarship opportunities for our students in the School of Natural Sciences,” said Betty Russo, vice chancellor for advancement. “Philanthropists like Mark Holloway and his late wife make it possible for us to continue our mission to prepare our students to be productive citizens.”

Blessinger grew up in Corydon and graduated from IUS with a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 1977 and from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1981. She was an anesthesiologist at Baptist Health in Louisville for 30 years and passed away in September of 2017.

Blessinger credited going to medical school to the faculty she had at IUS. She intended to be a medical technician; however, one of her professors encouraged her to aim higher.

“My wife was an exceptional undergraduate student at IU Southeast, and her instructors and her academic counselor almost forced her to take the Medical College Admission Test,” said Holloway. “She always attributed those professors at IU Southeast making her aim high as a reason for her success.”

Holloway recently retired as the chief investment officer for Stock Yards Bank in Louisville, where he worked for over 30 years. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and MBA from Bellarmine University.

“I know how difficult it is to get through college when you’re financially strapped,” he said. “I hope that this will allow students the peace of mind to know that as long as they maintain certain academic standards and have the need, they don’t have to worry about paying for their education. Because this gift is going to the School of Natural Sciences, I hope that these scholarships will produce some of the doctors of tomorrow.”

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