New student-athlete scholarships first of kind at IU Southeast
Two long-time advocates of Indiana University Southeast athletics have endowed a one-of-a-kind scholarship to support student-athletes.
Former Lanesville residents Dot and Denny Ott, founders and owners of Clarksville construction company Dennis Ott & Co. Inc., have committed $50,000 to create the D. Ott Family Scholarship at IUS. The Otts’ scholarship will support a business student who participates in one of the university’s seven NAIA-sanctioned sports and maintains a 3.2 grade-point average.
The scholarship, which rewards both the scholastic and athletic strengths a student-athlete must balance, will be the first of its kind at IUS.
‘The Ott family have been tremendous advocates for IU Southeast athletics for many years,’ Joe Glover, director of athletics, said. ‘This gift is one of the most significant individual contributions that our department has received. This endowed scholarship ensures that the Ott family name will forever be linked to the Grenadier Athletic Dept. and its most successful student-athletes.’
Denny Ott attended IUS in the days when it was known as the Indiana University Jeffersonville Extension Center. He also played on the school’s basketball team, which, at the time, was an extramural squad that competed in an industrial league and was coached by an accounting professor. Ott completed his education at Indiana University in Bloomington in 1968, the same year the Jeffersonville Extension center became IUS and began awarding degrees.
‘I believe in the power of education because that education is what got me to where I am today,’ Denny Ott said. ‘Education teaches you how to think and how to solve problems. I have been blessed beyond what I deserve, and this is an opportunity for me to help provide for somebody else.’
Dot Ott started Dennis Ott & Co. Inc. alongside her husband before moving on to open her own construction company, Ott & Co. She is devoted to the development of children and young adults in the community, and she volunteers for The Salvation Army and other area nonprofits.
‘It is my hope that this scholarship will provide a life-changing opportunity to the recipient and that they will, in turn, be able to give back one day themselves,’ Dot Ott said. ‘IU Southeast is such an important part of this area, and I’m proud but also humbled to have an opportunity to help its student-athletes.’
Indiana University Southeast athletics offers NAIA Division II men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, baseball and softball.
This gift counts toward the $2.5 billion For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.