A Gift of a Quincy Education
George and Mary Nell Meyer Endow QU Student Scholarships
Reflecting back on more than 50 years of marriage and successful careers, George and Mary Nell Meyer are very grateful to Quincy University.
George attended his first year of college near his hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois. At the urging of his parents, who feared that he would quit college and get married, he transferred to QC.
"I was the first in my family to attend college, and I think my parents were committed more than I was to me becoming a college graduate," George says.
Similarly, Mary Nell's parents decided that she would attend QC. "I graduated at age 16 and had no idea about where or if I wanted to go to college," Mary Nell says. "I had the little girl's idea of becoming a teacher. One day, my father announced I would be attending Quincy College and that we needed to go and arrange it."
George and Mary Nell met at a "townie party" their first year at QC. "She had come because she had heard my roommate was going to be there, but he left early and she got stuck with me-for life," George says.
"The two people who had the greatest impact on me at QC were my two coaches, John Ortwerth and Dr. David Costigan," George says. He also credits Fr. Phil Hoebing, brother Clete VanAckeren and Fr. Pacific Hug. Mary Nell also remembers Dr. Costigan fondly, as well as Fr. Francis Jerome Gray and Fr. Landry Genosky.
Following graduation from QC, George had no intention of ever going back to school, but that changed. "I was not a stellar student by any means." George says, "But evidentially, QC prepared me extremely well in academics since I did go back to college and earned both my master's from Truman State [Northeast Missouri State] and my doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia within nine years after I graduated from QC."
For 34 years, George served as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Quincy Public School district, and was superintendent his last four years. After retiring from the Quincy school district, George taught at Quincy University and served as the Dean of the School of Education.
Following her lifelong dream of being an educator, Mary Nell taught history at Quincy Junior High School and in a hospital's teen psychiatric unit. "She is the love of my life and the supportive stalwart for our family life and me in my professional life," George says.
The Meyers have expressed their gratitude for Quincy University through gifts of time, talent and treasure. "When we were younger and raising a family, we were unable to give much financially, but contributed to QC/QU by serving on committees and volunteering for events," Mary Nell says. "Now that we are older and our children are successful on their own, we have the freedom to be more generous monetarily."
"We support the endowed scholarship funds of those professors who meant the most to us at QC. We also feel the need to help future students be able to attend QU without piling up huge student loans," George says.
Most recently, the Meyers established an Endowed Speakers fund, which will be funded partially through an estate gift. "We want to leave a legacy that will continue to support institutions and future students in perpetuity," George says.
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