Alumni and Friends
Passing Along the Gift of an Education
Jennifer Mueller, St. Cloud State University's dean of education, tells the story of a student who read her textbooks in the aisles of a university bookstore. She couldn't afford books, so her makeshift "library" was the only way she could read the required material and keep up in class.
That's why, Mueller says, every little bit of financial support can make a huge difference for a student.
"It eases their burden," she says.
Now, thanks to the Scholarship for High Demand Areas in the Field of Education, students have another means of support, so they can focus on what matters—their education.
Marcella Angus, who passed away in December 2014 at age 96, made a gift of an endowed scholarship through her estate. A longtime, loyal annual donor, Marcella was a 1954 graduate of St. Cloud State Teachers College, the forerunner of St. Cloud State University.
The scholarship provides two to four scholarships annually for students pursuing an education degree with special consideration for underrepresented students. Scholarship support can run two consecutive years if requirements are met.
For Mueller and others in education, Marcella's gift comes at a crucial time.
"The pipeline of people in education has shrunk, while a lot of baby boomers are retiring. That's left a void of teachers, especially in urban and rural areas," Mueller says.
Hopefully, this scholarship, along with other sources of support, will encourage a more diverse student body to get into education to fill the gaps in underrepresented areas like English as a Second Language or men in early childhood education.
"Marcella loved her work and her school," Mueller says. "Our students definitely appreciate her gift."
Contact Bob Beumer at 320-308-3716 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how your gift can support our teachers of tomorrow.
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