Her hopes sank, though, when she learned it takes $25,000 for a named scholarship.
Undaunted, she sent out letters to people in Cincinnati’s music community who knew her husband. Expecting to get about a third of the required funds, Evelyn was stunned when she learned of the response.
“Within five weeks of starting the drive, the full $25,000 had come in,” she says. “It was a phenomenal experience.”
Currently Roehrig’s scholarship fund sits at more than $30,000. It was kept a secret from him until the President’s Reception in May, when his retirement was celebrated.
“He helped nourish the music department and raise it from nothing to become a vital part of the University,” says Evelyn. “It’s a way of continuing his influence on students in the coming years.”