Barbara Otis International Scholarship

Barbara Miller Otis was born and grew up in Meriden, Connecticut, a small industrial city in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. In college she became good friends with her classmate, Nancy Yeager. Nancy went on to marry Charles Cole, and the Coles eventually moved to Asheville, NC and became involved with Warren Wilson College, Chuck as a Trustee and Nancy as a member of the Board of Visitors. Throughout Barbara Otis’ lifetime, Nancy Cole remained her closest friend. When Barbara died in 1990, the Coles decided to establish a scholarship in her memory. In keeping with Barbara Otis' keen interest in other cultures, the earnings from this fund go to deserving international students with demonstrated financial need who attend Warren Wilson College.