In 1995 Houghton “Buck” Freeman ’43, together with his wife Doreen HON ’03 and son Graeme ’77, began a generous and ambitious project to improve understanding between the peoples of the United States and the countries of East Asia. Through the Freeman Asian Scholars Program they funded full scholarships for generations of Wesleyan students chosen from eleven East Asian jurisdictions. The program transformed lives and enriched the Wesleyan community.
The Freemans took a personal interest in their scholars. For many years they traveled to Asia to participate in the admission process, and they were pleased to visit campus as honored guests for annual Freeman Scholar dinner and commencement receptions. The Wesleyan community lost great friends and patrons when Mr. Freeman died in 2010 and Mrs. Freeman in 2013.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Freeman Asian Scholars Program and the Freeman family's generosity, Wesleyan presents a series of spring events and an opportunity to fully fund the $1.2 million Freeman Driscoll Endowed International Scholarship.
In celebration of John Driscoll '62's 50th Reunion in 2012, classmates and friends began a scholarship fund to endow a four-year support scholarship for a Freeman Scholar.