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PSU graduate makes large donation to scholarship fund

December 19, 2012 12:00AM

A Pittsburg State University graduate has made another substantial donation to the scholarship fund he founded to honor one of his favorite professors.

John E. Lowe, former executive vice president with ConocoPhillips and now a Senior Executive Advisor at Tudor, Pickering, Holt and Co., recently donated $150,000 to the Guy Owings Scholarship, which is named for the former PSU accounting professor.

 Lowe and his wife Susan, who is also a PSU graduate, founded the scholarship in 2009 with a $100,000 donation to honor Owings, who was instrumental in helping Lowe earn his accounting degree in 1981.

“Guy Owings had a great impact on my life, both in college and in my professional career,” Lowe said. “This is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to him and to PSU, and it’s my way of helping current and future PSU students chase their dreams.”

Paul Grimes, dean of the Kelce College of Business, said Lowe’s gift will go a long way toward helping PSU students achieve academic success.

“Everyone in the Kelce College of Business is extremely proud to have one of our distinguished emeriti faculty members honored by one of our outstanding alums,” Grimes said. “John Lowe’s gift not only recognizes the contributions that Professor Owings made to this professional life, it also allows future generations of student the opportunity to pursue their educational ambitions.”

In 2009, Lowe was awarded the PSU Brandenburg Medallion for extraordinary achievement.

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