Stew Salowitz was featured as part of Illinois Wesleyan University’s Thank A Giver Day. Join Stew in giving back to the University by making a gift at www.iwu.edu/give today.
IWU class of 1977 alumni Herb and Susan Getz – both from families with deep roots in Carroll County – created a scholarship to help students afford the educational investment. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan, Herb went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, and since 2001, he has served as president of Aspen Creek Partners, a residential design-build firm in Naperville, Illinois.
“Susan and I are both kids of working class parents,” said Getz, who serves as a vice chair on the IWU Board of Trustees. “We both absolutely needed scholarship help to attend Illinois Wesleyan. We’ve been very fortunate – largely because of our Illinois Wesleyan education – to have the resources to give back.”
The $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an Illinois Wesleyan student who performs well in the classroom, shows demonstrated need, and lives in northwestern Illinois, preferably from Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside or Stephenson counties.
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I’d like to echo Steve’s comments. This time of year, most of us are deluged with appeals from worthy causes. In addition, many of us volunteer with nonprofit organizations that play vital roles in our local communities. But a gift to Illinois Wesleyan is different, because higher education is different–it’s an investment in the future of our greater society and our global community. Strong alumni support sends a personal message to today’s students who are walking the same pathways you did. Please consider a gift to IWU as part of your year-end giving plans.
Homecoming has come and gone, and Thanksgiving just sprinted by. As I write this it is Giving Tuesday, a day devoted to giving either time or money to those in need. It is also a good time to think about tax time. What is the best way to give and save a few bucks early next year? Give a donation to the school that provided us with the skills to be successful, Illinois Wesleyan University. Have a great holiday season.