Grateful Student Recipients of Scholarship Send Their Thanks

Designating your estate gift for the Quincy University Endowment is an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy.

In 2011, the Fredrick A. McLaughlin Memorial Scholarship Fund was established through the estate of his widow, Evelyn Rebecca "Betty" McLaughlin. Fredrick "Fritz," a well-known Quincy community leader, attended Quincy University during the 1930s.

As the scholarship representative, Douglas McLaughlin receives "thank you" letters every year from students benefiting from this scholarship. In Douglas' words, "I know without any doubt that both Aunt Betty and Uncle
Fritz would be so pleased that the scholarships have made so much of a difference for each of the students."

Below are some excerpts from past recipients' letters:

"I am currently working three jobs to pay for school and save as much as possible. This scholarship has helped me very much knowing that I might not have to work so many hours this summer and possibly do a
little more saving."

"Last year both of my parents lost their jobs in a six month period, and I was concerned about completing my senior year. With the scholarship you are providing me, I am able to obtain the degree I have been working so hard to
accomplish. I hope once I obtain my degree and get an established career, I will be able to give back in the way that you have given to me."

"I am the oldest of eight children, so tuition bills tend to add up. My parents try to help me wherever they can, but it is mostly up to me to fund my academic endeavors."

"This scholarship is going to raise a financial burden from my shoulders. I currently work 55 hours a week among three different jobs. My parents would love to pay for my education, but they do not have the financial stability to help me. I intend to make you proud of the student you chose to receive this blessing."

"You have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals and be an inspiration just as you were to me."

"My husband and two beautiful children greatly appreciate you and your generosity. You helped make my senior year easier to get through, and made me want to keep pushing to walk across that stage and start a new chapter in my life."

If you wish to help students ease their tuition costs by establishing a scholarship, or giving to an already-established fund, contact Julie Bell at (217) 228-5229 or