Gift Honors Hard-Working Educators
Fricks Establish Scholarship for English Teachers
"We've watched the University grow and mature, and become a strong regional presence. It's been such a major part of our lives and we are proud of it."
That, says Dr. Jane Frick, professor emerita of English, is why she and her husband, Lyman, recently established the Jane and Lyman Frick English Scholarship at Missouri Western. With an outright gift and a pledge with a charitable remainder unitrust, the gift will total approximately $250,000.
"A charitable remainder unitrust is a good estate planning tool," Lyman says. "And it is good for a nonprofit organization."
Jane retired from Missouri Western in 2012 after 40 years of service. Lyman served as president of the MWSU Foundation Board of Directors and as an adjunct professor during his long career in the banking industry.
Jane was the director of the Prairie Lands Writing Project for 13 years and is still involved in the program, which means she works closely with teachers throughout the region. That was why she wanted the scholarship to give preference to English language arts teachers who are returning to Missouri Western to earn a master's degree. Undergraduate students pursuing a certification to become secondary English language arts teachers are also eligible for the scholarship.
"Teachers work so hard and are paid so little," Jane says. "We wanted to help teachers who are struggling financially but want to pursue their passion and earn a master's degree."
"The cost of education is so high, but a scholarship makes it available to a broader array of folks," Lyman said. "At Missouri Western, you get so much more bang for your buck."