"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams
A Family Legacy 3 Generations Strong
Shirley Hewlett belongs to a legacy family. Three generations of her family graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and all became teachers.
"My husband, Dale, and I both had long teaching careers," says Shirley. "We've continued to take courses to stay up with trends."
Even though Shirley retired 25 years ago, she still has a passion for children's books and education in general. "Those were happy years for me, and I am grateful for all the children I got to teach over the years," Shirley recalls.
What they find rewarding now is helping students prepare for careers in education through the gift of scholarships.
Shirley's Aunt Helen, a graduate of UNI, taught school until she retired. Shirley explains, "After Aunt Helen passed away in 1994, Dale and I decided to establish a scholarship in memory of her, the Helen Harderson and Shirley Haakinson Hewlett Endowment Fund."
In addition, they contribute to a scholarship fund that Shirley's sister, Arlene, had established before she died in 2005. They know Arlene would be pleased.
"After attending several scholarship luncheons, where we meet the recipients, we realize how appreciative students are," says Shirley. "The extra help makes a great deal of difference in their college experience."
Shirley and Dale are enjoying retirement in Palm Desert, California. They spend summers in their home near Yosemite National Park. They have traveled extensively and are avid readers and patrons of the theater and symphony.
Learn more about creating a scholarship for a deserving student by contacting Helene Benitez at 319-273-6078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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