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Taber, Jean Hower Endowment Fund
Mrs. Jean Taber established The Jean Hower Taber Endowment Fund in 1995 for the treasured University of Akron and Akron community landmark Hower House, and for Scholarships for Excellence.
Hower House was built by John Henry Hower in the 19th century and had been occupied by the Hower family for 102 years thereafter. Hower House has been entrusted to The University of Akron's care since it was gifted to the University by the Hower family in 1973. Mrs. Taber provided her gift in appreciation for the extraordinary efforts by The Friends of Hower House and the Hower House Victorians in this Town and Gown initiative. Funds are to be used to help maintain the historical integrity and architectural distinction of the House. The Friends and Victorians are asked to provide Hower House with financial resources to continue programs with artistic, cultural, and social value.
The Scholarships for Excellence Program was launched in 1996. The purpose of the scholarship is to bring the best and brightest students to the University. Recipients are to be selected on the basis of the program criteria. Annual earnings from this endowment fund will provide unrestricted operational support for Hower House and support for the Scholarships for Excellence Program, and are to be used at the direction of The University of Akron President.