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I just got back from a trip to Purdue University. My sisters and I funded an endowed scholarship in memory of my mother who attended Purdue while we were growing up in West Lafayette. She was a wonderful inspiration to all of us and she was always so proud of her degree we couldn't think of a better way to honor her. (So much of an inspiration that all three of us have Purdue degrees!)

Every year my sister and I attend the scholarship award ceremony and meet the recipients. The scholarship is specifically for "non-traditional students" meaning someone who perhaps didn't take a direct route from high school to college (like my mother). This year the recipient was a marine who has served our country in Afghanistan and is now getting his degree in Management. He also brought his wife and two small daughters (who were just about the sweetest two little girls I've ever seen!) They couldn't have picked a better candidate! Smart, focused, caring, family man! We had a wonderful evening getting to know him and his family and it was gratifying to know we had the ability to help him on his journey.

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Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on September 22, 2010 at 4:11am
Jennifer, I was like Lill and hadn't even read her note first. I was full of goosebumps. How wonderful and what a fantastic way to remember your Mom. How great that you get to meet the scholarship recipients as well. I can imagine the wonderful evening you had with that Marine and his family. Hugs to you and your sisters.
Comment by Lill on September 19, 2010 at 8:54am
Jen, I got the chills reading this. I like the fact "non-traditional students" get the award. What a great way to honor your mom.
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on September 19, 2010 at 8:14am
Your post brought tears to my eyes. I was able to attend college thanks to kind donors like you, and now my DD is on full scholarship at my alma mater--without the help of people like you who chose to endow the scholarship she is receiving, she would never have been able to pursue her dreams. There is no way of knowing how many lives you and your sisters have touched through your willingness to create this scholarship--and I love it that you meet the recipients each year.
Comment by Cathy/IN on September 19, 2010 at 7:37am
That is a wonderful tribute to your mother. I live in Indiana (Ft Wayne) and have a really close friend who is a Purdue fan.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on September 19, 2010 at 6:30am
Your story sent wonderful chills throughout my body. What a great tribute to your mother and a great gift to the recipients. This must be one of your yearly highlights. Bless you and your family for doing this.
Comment by Pam/NY on September 19, 2010 at 6:21am
What a great story...your mother raised some mighty fine women!
Comment by handstitcher/IL on September 19, 2010 at 4:00am
What a wonderful way to honor your mother! And how awesome that the recipient is someone who has served his country well. Kudos to you and your sisters for setting up the scholarship!
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on September 18, 2010 at 7:17pm
Congratulations on a wonderful endeavor! Your mother must be smiling from above. It's wonderful that the award went to someone who has served our country.
Comment by Shannon, ON on September 18, 2010 at 7:03pm
Wonderful.It is great to help a deserving candidate.

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