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The Sheldon-Ferguson Memorial Endowment

Henry D_ Sheldon w150In 1900, Henry D. Sheldon traveled from Massachusetts to Oregon by rail and buggy. He was an early member of the UO faculty, and his house once sat where the Erb Memorial Union stands today. When he first arrived on campus he found fifteen faculty, 225 students, and five buildings. As a fresh assistant professor of history and education, he was proud to make $1,000 a year. Sheldon became one of the Northwest’s foremost educators during the first half of the twentieth century. He helped to build Oregon’s public high school system, the School of Education at the UO, and the university itself.

Sheldon’s affinity for education at the UO stretched through the generations of his family. His son, Henry D. Sheldon, Jr. received a Master’s in history. His granddaughter, Marion Sheldon Ferguson (known as Shelley) studied education. His great grandsons, James R. Ferguson, Jr. (Bob) and Duncan S. Ferguson, also followed in his footsteps with degrees in history.

In 1963, Marion Sheldon Ferguson established a scholarship for upper division history majors at the UO in memory of Henry D. Sheldon and James R. Ferguson, Jr. Established with the modest salary of an educator, the Sheldon-Ferguson Memorial Endowment is just now able to provide a small scholarship each year. The goal of the Sheldon-Ferguson family is to build the endowment to support not just one student, but many students at a much higher level. Family members have committed to donate funds and to include the endowment in their estate plans.

The Department of History invites you to join their efforts to increase the Sheldon-Ferguson Memorial Endowment to support future students. Scholarships improve the lives of students. They encourage academic excellence and enable the UO to attract the best and brightest. Your gift will help to provide students with the resources they need to pursue a degree in history.

To make a gift, click on the link below. Or for more information, please contact Kat Walsch in the College of Arts & Sciences Development Office at 541-346-0607 or at

Thank you for helping us to preserve this piece of UO’s history and leave a legacy for future generations.

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