Estate Gift Endows Math Scholarship

A gift of more than $1 million from the estate of Edith Wetzel Ainsworth has established the Ainsworth Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Applied Mathematics in the College’s Department of Mathematics.

Ainsworth and her husband, the late Oscar Richard Ainsworth, were faculty members in the math department. Oscar Ainsworth earned a bachelor’s degree in 1945 and a master’s in 1946 from the University of Mississippi. He got his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1950, and then joined the College’s mathematics faculty. He spent his entire 36-year career with the UA system.

Edith Ainsworth earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkley, where she first met her husband. She taught math at UA and also tutored students for many years.