Spirit of the Gift
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Histories of the men and women behind WSU's scholarships and fellowships

Fern Worden and Frederick Wieland Scholarship

Fern Worden graduated from the University of Wichita in 1934 with a Bachelor of Arts in economic education. Both of her brothers, Mack and Ira, also attended the university, receiving degrees in economics and business administration. After graduating, she married Frederick Wieland, a 1934 WU graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts in a field major. Eight years following her brother Ira’s death, Mrs. Wieland passed away in 1974.

Mack Worden established two scholarships to honor both his brother and sister. The scholarship named for Mrs. Wieland, awarded to College of Education students, was renamed the Fern Worden and Frederick Wieland Scholarship when Mr. Wieland passed away in 1997. “I’m sure I have done what my sister and brother would have wanted me to do,” said Mr. Worden. “We all gained from this great university.” Additionally, Mr. Worden established five other scholarships at Wichita State University, was the first “Entrepreneurship in Residence” and assisted Fran Jabara in establishing the WSU Entrepreneurship program. Through his spirit of generosity, Mr. Worden has undoubtedly touched the lives of many.

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