Bill Gates Donates $20 Million to Education

Bill GatesBill Gates recently announced he feels that many students aren’t prepared to enter college. The answer? More technology training.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on October 11, 2010 that it would donate $20 million in grants to businesses and universities. These grants will be used to develop online programs that will train students in the basic skills they will need in college.

Why does Bill Gates think all students need a basic and thorough understanding of technology? Simply put, students need to understand technology so they can compete in the job market. Read the rest of this entry »

Another College Alumna Donates to Her Alma Mater

lake forest collegeGrace Groner was a very sweet woman. Living through the Great Depression caused her to be very frugal with her limited income. She lived in a small, one-bedroom house. She never bought a car, because walking was free. She bought all of her clothes in rummage sales. Her house only had “a few plain pieces of furniture, some mismatched dishes, and an old television.”

Grace had attended Lake Forest College when she was younger, and evidently held the school close to her heart. Grace died in January 2010. A little bit later, her attorney told the president of Lake Forest College that Grace had left her inheritance to the school.

How much could a woman who could afford to wear second-hand clothes have in savings? The president of Lake Forest College was shocked to learn that Grace had $7 million.

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Lawrenceville School Receives a $60 Million Donation

Lawrenceville School

Lawrenceville School

In the 1950s and 1960s, a group of women infiltrated Lawrenceville School, an upper class boarding school in New Jersey. These women were not students though; they were the wives of the teachers at Lawrenceville. They held weekly coffee breaks for the students and acted as mother-figures in the otherwise entirely male school. These “Ladies of Lawrenceville” played a huge role in the school and the lives of the students.

Lawrenceville School became co-ed in 1987 and most of the Ladies of Lawrenceville became a thing of the past. However, a few are still strongly connected to the school. Jean Stephens still bakes cookies for the students and coaches the drama club. Ginnie Chambers stays in contact with 810 former students by sending them annual Christmas cards. Edith Eglin is a trustee emerita.

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