Couple’s $1.35-million gift funds new education scholarship

A new scholarship in the School of Education helps promising teacher candidates complete their bachelor’s degrees, thanks to the generosity of a UIndy alumna and her husband. The Delbert and Virginia Stevens Education Scholarship is funded by a $1.35-million endowment from the deceased LaPorte couple’s estate. Virginia Stevens ’42 retired from LaPorte Community Schools after a career as a teacher and principal; she passed away in 2011. Delbert Stevens, who passed away in 2010, taught for many years in the Hammond school system. Full-time students in good standing who are majoring in Elementary Education or Mathematics Education are eligible to receive the tuition assistance for their junior year, renewable for the senior year. “Once they get into that junior year, they’ve shown that they’re committed to education,” explains Dr. Kathy Moran, dean of the School of Education. The scholarships may also help some students avoid the need to work for additional income as they enter the most rigorous portion of their undergraduate education. “The junior and senior years are so intense,” Dr. Moran says. “This gift helps us to reduce that financial pressure for our top students.” The first awards from the scholarship fund were presented this year by the Department of Teacher Education, which identifies potential candidates during the sophomore year and gives preference to students with financial need who have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to community service.

More information on teacher education programs and scholarships is available at www.uindy.edu/education.