IPFW Receives $3.4 Million Gift From Estate

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

IPFW Receives $3.4 Million Gift From Estate

August 25, 2014 Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- IPFW announced today that they have received a $3.4 million gift from the estate of Oscar and Ophelia Weitzman.

The gift is intended to help support scholarships for students planning to attend IPFW. Oscar Weitzman was a life-long resident of Fort Wayne, born in 1891, he began working at the Fort Wayne GE plant when her was merely 13 years old making 7/12 cents an hour.

He worked for the company just a couple months shy of 50 years and worked his way up through the ranks, eventually becoming the head of the sales team. He was 98 when he died in 1989. His wife worked as a teacher for Fort Wayne Community Schools for 19 years until retiring in 1958. Ophelia was 93 when she died in 2012.

The University was the sole recipient of the estate.

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