Gift Annuity Offers Further Scholarship Support
Educators are often cited as having a transformational influence on the lives that they touch. Eugenia Crain has been devoted throughout her life to education and the power of this transformational influence. As a 1942 graduate of Northeast Missouri State Teachers College and teacher at Northeast Missouri State University from 1970 to 1972, Eugenia says she has enjoyed a long and pleasant association with the University.
After graduating from a small high school, she found Northeast Missouri State Teachers College was ideal for her-a small college with high standards and devoted faculty who displayed a genuine interest in their students' progress.
Her husband, Aven L. Roberts, who passed away in 1969, was also a graduate of Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1937 and his Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1941. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. Aven always praised the University and its faculty for the quality education he received. Both Eugenia and Aven received higher degrees and taught in Missouri schools for a combined 60 years.
Ensuring Promising Students Receive a Quality Education
In 2002, Eugenia established the Aven L. Roberts and Eugenia (Ritchie) Roberts Crain Scholarship to support students in accounting or mathematics from Adair or Boone counties in Missouri. Eugenia shared a couple reasons to create this scholarship fund: she wants to enable future students to enjoy the same benefits she received, and she believes "it is necessary to support our schools, as the success of our democracy is dependent upon an educated public."
These reasons, coupled with Eugenia and Aven's love for the University, prompted her to establish a charitable gift annuity with a $100,000 gift that will further support the scholarship fund. Eugenia's decision to enhance the fund through a charitable gift annuity has three important benefits:
- Provides scholarships for students pursuing degrees at Truman
- Ensures an enduring legacy at Truman
- Allows her to receive fixed payments throughout her lifetime
Jennifer Bevell, a senior from Kirksville, Mo., was a recipient of Eugenia's scholarship. "From a student's perspective, receiving a scholarship for academic achievement is comparable to a person or a committee expressing their trust and appreciation for the hard work spent toward achieving success in the academic world," Jennifer says. "I am eternally grateful for the generous scholarships I have received throughout my education, and strive to do my best in every class I take in order to ensure that the faith invested in me does not go to waste."