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Lasting Impact — Retirement Assets Beneficiary

Lasting Impact — Retirement Assets Beneficiary

Jeff Billings '03 and Elizabeth Freeman Billings '05

Lawrence holds a special place in all of our hearts, and we are all privileged to be able to give back and make a difference in the lives of our students. We are so thankful for not only the great education we received at Lawrence, but also for the wonderful memories, friends, and the lasting impact Lawrence has had on our lives. Lawrence challenged us, taught us, engaged us, connected us, and exposed us to the world. As the years go by, we continue to look back on our years at Lawrence as a transformative part of our lives.

The Lawrence Rowing Club was such a significant part of our college experience (it is where we first met after all)! One of our favorite events was an annual event where current Lawrence rowers got together with Milwaukee-Downer alumna to share memories and take the boats out for a celebratory row. We were fortunate as students to have such a wonderful connection to the rich history of rowing at Lawrence and Milwaukee-Downer. It was not lost on us that the Lawrence Rowing Club would not even exist without the past and continued support of the women of Milwaukee-Downer. We are so thankful to all of the alumni and friends of Lawrence who helped support us on our journey, and we realize that it is now our time to pay it forward.

As a lawyer who specializes in estate planning, Jeff has always found it interesting that a majority of Americans spend their whole lives giving their time, treasure and talent to deserving charities, and yet less than 10% of Americans will remember those same charities in their estate plan. As we sat down to do our own estate planning, we struggled with the same issues that most people struggle with. How do we make sure our family is taken care of? Who do we want to benefit, and who is going to make sure that our plan is carried out? The more we thought about it, the more we realized that our estate plan was more than just a set of formulaic documents, it was an opportunity to continue to make a difference in the things that matter most to us in life. It was an opportunity to create a lasting legacy, and we realized that Lawrence needed to be part of that legacy. To be honest with you, once the decision was made, the rest was easy. We decided to leave a percentage of our retirement accounts to Lawrence. We filled out an updated beneficiary designation, informed Lawrence of our gift, and joined the Legacy Circle. Once the decision was made, the execution took only about 15 minutes.

You may not know this, but Lawrence has an amazing history of planned giving. Unlike most schools, who have only started to develop planned giving programs in the last decade, Lawrence has been fortunate enough to have a planned giving history that dates back over 50 years. Planned gifts have become such an important part of Lawrence's tradition, and making sure that Lawrence has the funds to continue to provide an outstanding education to new generations of Lawrentians.

We are proud to be part of the Legacy Circle, and we would ask that each of you consider joining us.


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Milwaukee-Downer Scholarships and Professorships

Some of the many recipients of Milwaukee-Downer scholarships gather for a photo with Carolyn King Stephens M-D'62 and Marlene Crupi-Widen M-D'55 in January 2014 at the annual scholarship luncheon.

Rosamund Victoria Bille Adler Scholarship
Dr. Charles E. Albright Scholarship
Helen Daniels Bader Scholarship
James G. and Ethel M. Barber Scholarship
Catharine Beecher Endowed Fund for Downer Women
Bessie A. Bell Scholarship
Berk Scholarship
Frederick C. Best Scholarship
Beta Study Club Scholarship
Lynde Bradley Scholarship
Lucia R. Briggs-Alumnae Scholarship
Edith Lange Brooks Scholarship
Anne Barman Caldwell Scholarship
Alice Miller Chester Scholarship
City of Milwaukee Student Funds Scholarship
Milwaukee-Downer Class of 1940 Fund
Milwaukee-Downer Class of 1942 Fund
College Endowment Association Scholarship
Janet Cope Crawford Scholarship
Jessie Mabbott Daniels Scholarship
F. T. Day Scholarship
Rufus Dodge Scholarship
Julia P. Ely and Hannah R. Vedder Memorial Scholarship
General Endowed Scholarship - M-D College
Dr. Alfred W. and Mrs. Ada F. Gray Scholarship
Berenice E. Hess Scholarship Endowment
Lucille Ray Hibbard Scholarship
Belle Austin Jacobs Scholarship
Helen McDermott Jurack and Ronald J. Mason Scholarship
Marjorie S. Logan Scholarship
Nellie Maxwell Scholarship
S. Annabelle & Paul McGuire Scholarship
Memorial Scholarship Fund - Milwaukee-Downer
Milwaukee-Downer Class of 1953 Scholarship
Milwaukee-Downer Class of 1955 Scholarship
Milwaukee-Downer Class of 1956 Scholarship
Milwaukee-Downer Class of 1957 Scholarship
Milwaukee-Downer Class of 1958 and 1959 50th Reunion Scholarship
Milwaukee-Downer Club Scholarship
Milwaukee-Downer/Lawrence College Consolidation 50th Anniversary Scholarship
Francis Evelyn Kelley Morgan Memorial Scholarship
O'Neill-Anderson Family Scholarship Endowment
Elizabeth A. Olson Scholarship
Gilbert Haven Peirce, Sr. and Emma Elizabeth Manor Peirce Milwaukee-Downer Scholarship
Aleida J. Pieters Scholarship
Matilda Siefert Puelicher Scholarship
Elizabeth Ann Richardson Scholarship
William M. Ross Memorial Scholarship
Elizabeth Rossberg Scholarship
Charles Frederic Sammond Scholarship
Mildred L. Schroeder Scholarship
Sivyer Educational Fund for Women
Marion Merrill Smith Scholarship
Dr. Elizabeth A. Steffen Scholarship
W. Mead and Elizabeth McKone Stillman Scholarship
Strzelczyk Family Scholarship
Clare Scherf Sweetman Scholarship
Raymond H. and Jane K. Taylor Scholarship
Jerline E. Walfoort Memorial Scholarship
Barbara E. Wehr Fund
Harmony Weissbach Scholarship
Martha and Frances Wheelock Scholarship
James G. and Ethel M. Barber Professorship of Theatre and Drama
T. A. Chapman Professorship in Music
Alice G. Chapman Professorship in Physics
Alice G. Chapman Librarianship
Milwaukee-Downer College and College Endowment Association Professorship

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