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.