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  • Richard

    Richard Stanley honors his mother with a $50,000 gift for IU Kokomo scholarships

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    Richard Stanley

    Richard Stanley honors his mother with a $50,000 gift for IU Kokomo scholarships

    Mildred Stanley never had a chance for higher education, or to send any of her 10 children to college, but a scholarship in her name is helping many Indiana University Kokomo students achieve their dreams.

    Stanley ScholarshipThose students include Karissa Roberts who is a mother, like Mildred Stanley.

    "Having this scholarship is allowing me to go to college, so I can make a better life for myself and for my children," said Roberts, an education major. Richard Stanley, a Kokomo native who now lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., wanted to help students like Roberts when he gave $50,000 to IU Kokomo to establish the scholarship. He also wanted to honor his mother, who died just two days before his wedding. She was only 53 years old.

     The gift to IU Kokomo helped him cope with his anger over his mother's unexpected death, he said.

     "I think I had a better attitude after I set that scholarship up, which is good for me," he said. "It didn't feel good to be as angry as I was."

    The Mildred Stanley Scholarship awards $1,000 each year to a student who has financial need, graduated in the top 20 percent of his or her high school class, and earned at least 1000 on the SAT. Students who maintain a 3.0 GPA can have their scholarship renewed for up to four years. Roberts, from Kokomo, and freshman Austin Charlton, from Elwood, are the current recipients. Stanley, 79, gave $50,000 to endow the scholarship, money he saved during his long career at Delco.

    "The funny thing is, I never made $50,000 in one year," he said. "I worked for almost 30 years, and I made a habit of putting something aside in savings every paycheck, even though we lived paycheck to paycheck at first."

    Stanley's two surviving siblings, including his oldest sister, now 90, appreciate having this honor for their mother, and he thinks she would like it too. "I think she is looking down in heaven and smiling."

    For more information about opportunities to establish scholarships at IU Kokomo, contact Cathy Clearwaters, assistant director of development, at, or 765-455-9410.

  • Selzer

    Two students awarded first $1,000 scholarships on behalf of Erwin and Priscilla Boshmann’s

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    Selzer Scholarship

    Two students awarded first $1,000 scholarships on behalf of Erwin and Priscilla Boshmann’s

    Mary Olk was determined to make international travel part of her Indiana University Kokomo education. She just wasn't sure how she would pay for it. On Friday (May 4), Olk and Justin Clark each received $1,000 from the first-ever Selzer Student Scholarships for International Study, which both will use on the IU Kokomo Innovation Symposium trip to England this summer. It will be the first overseas experience for both students, who are juniors. Erwin Boschmann, interim dean of the School of Business, established the scholarship with his wife, Priscilla, and named the scholarship for her parents, Truman and Lahla Selzer. When presenting the scholarships, he encouraged the recipients to be lifelong learners and to help someone else in the future.

    "It's not just about money. There are many opportunities to help someone even if you don't have a lot of money," he said. Olk, a Kokomo resident majoring in communications, is excited to have new experiences. "This is an opportunity to learn new things and to open up my world view a little bit, and to experience another culture," she said.

    Clark, a history and political science major from Peru, was honored to be one of the first recipients. "I feel extremely privileged to have this opportunity. I'm looking forward to this experience," Clark said.