BENEFITING: WESTERN IOWA TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION
In 1999 Doug Stockton died in an auto accident on his way to Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City, IA; where he was studying computer programming. He died in the fog after hitting a semi truck that was blocking the country road he was traveling on that August morning. I was with him and survived the crash to take care of our two teen-aged children, 13 & 15. Before enrolling into college, Doug struggled finding a scholarship that would help him return to school. He was not a minority, disabled, or a woman. We had to do this on our own. After his death, I received a settlement from the trucking insurance company. I started an endowed scholarship fund called The Stocktonian Scholarship in honor of Doug. I call it The Stocktonian because Doug always said he did not speak English, he spoke Stocktonian and he was from Stocktonia. He did not like public recognition so the name Stocktonian seemed appropriate to me and his children. The scholarship is for non-traditional male students with family responsibilities that are returning to school to help better their lives and the lives of their families, just like Doug was doing when he died in the fog. To date, The Stocktonian has given 14-$1,000 scholarships to men that are turning to school. Every year I get a thank you letter from them telling me how much the money helps them pay for a full semester of required books and course materials allowing them to use other funds to pay for family needs. At this time The Stocktonian can only give one scholarship a year because the endowment is not large enough to provide more. I would like to raise the funds to increase the endowment to $50,000 which will allow the fund to provide a scholarship to 5 students a year instead of 1. Please consider how the education system is underfunded and how students need our help with getting an education that will better their lives. Please consider giving to The Stocktonian Scholarship fund.