Instilled for Generations — Charitable Remainder Unitrust
When we had dinner recently, Chuck Demler '11 asked why we were giving money to Lawrence and it got me thinking about why I feel education is so important. My maternal grandparents were the first married couple to graduate from the University of Colorado. According to the story my grandfather came home one day and said "Ella, we're going to college" and the next day they enrolled and worked their way through school. So you can see that the value of education has been instilled in our family for several generations. All of my aunts, uncles and cousins on both sides of my family have gone to college so I think I tended to think this was normal and I probably took it for granted. I realized it was important but it was really in later years that I realized how important it can be. And not just a college or university education but any kind of training that increases your knowledge and skills to better your life and your community. It makes me sad when I see people who could benefit from more education and cannot afford it. I feel very blessed that I grew up in a family where education was important and that my parents were able to send me to Lawrence and I would love to be able to help other people have that same experience.
Lisalyn Jane Dresser, 2022
Clare Scherf Sweetman Scholarship
"The thing I admire most about Lawrence is the diverse community. You are accepted and treated fairly no matter where you are from. Lawrence does not only teach you what you need to know it also helps you to be independent and prepare you to be successful for the future. I have always wanted to be in this prestigious and diverse university. I will forever be grateful to the Clare Scherf Sweetman Scholarship for helping me reach my dream."