Ohio Wesleyan University recently received a gift to create an endowed fund to support students planning to pursue post-graduate fellowships.
Washington, D.C., attorney Jan W. Baran, a 1970 OWU graduate, and his wife, Kathryn K. Baran, presented the gift. According to information from OWU, income from the endowment will be used as grants for honors students "identified as having a high probability of success in their efforts to earn post-graduate fellowships."
To apply for Baran funding, eligible OWU students will propose a travel-learning opportunity or individual experience that connects theory to practice. Grant recipients will be recognized as Baran Fellows. Because OWU students majoring in the natural sciences already have similar opportunities provided by the university's Summer Science Research program, only students outside of the natural sciences will be eligible to become Baran Fellows.
Jan Baran, who majored in English at OWU, earned his law degree at Vanderbilt University. He is a senior partner at Wiley Rein LLP, where he heads the Election Law and Government Ethics group. Kathryn Baran, also an attorney, works in the Washington office of New York-based Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
The Barans live in Virginia.