Here’s the story behind five INDIVIDUAL ENDOWMENTS that currently fund annual scholarships to North Scott Graduates and how they came about:
1) A Continuing Commitment—Donating Shares of Stock
Judy Christoff-DeBiose—The DeBiose Christoff Healthcare Scholarship
Dr. David DeBiose was a radiation oncologist who dedicated his life to taking care of patients with cancer. It was his calling and he touched the lives of many people. Ironically, he had a very rare form of liver cancer and died within 6 months of being diagnosed.
His wife, Judy, (who is a 1982 graduate of NSHS) established an endowment with the Foundation through a donation of shares of Apple Stock. The DeBoise-Christoff Scholarship Fund was set up to honor David’s memory. Every year a healthcare scholarship will be awarded in his name. Dr. DeBoise’s commitment and passion for helping others continues through this legacy.
2) Honoring our Parents with a gift of education—Memorial gift giving
Chris and Rhonda Porter in honor of:
Ray and Melba Porter and Clinton and Barbara Robinson—Porter-Robinson Family Scholarships
The Foundation got a big boost in 2013 with a new endowment from Chris and Rhonda Porter. This $65,000 endowment was made to honor their deceased parents, Ray and Melba Porter, and Clinton and Barbara Robinson with two annual scholarships in their name. Chris and Rhonda have been very supportive of the Foundation—providing numerous scholarships to North Scott grads through Porter Insurance Agency. Chris is a current member of the Foundation Board of Directors.
Ray and Melba Porter moved to Eldridge in 1952 when they started Porter Insurance Agency. Both were active in the small growing community and they enjoyed giving back through their support of various community, civic and church programs. While Ray was operating his new business he was also a member of the first North Scott School Board as well as the Mayor of Eldridge. Melba was an advocate of the local library, knowing that a quality education was very important to the young people of the community.
Clinton and Barbara Robinson spent most of their adult years in East Moline and Colona. Clinton served in the Marine Corps during WWII as well as the Korean Conflict. Clinton was a builder and developer as well as the owner of CW Robinson and Sons. Barbara worked along side her husband as the bookkeeper of the family Business while raising their four children. Even though Clinton and Barbara did not have the opportunity to go to college themselves, they still understood the importance of furthering one’s education knowing that a college degree could open many doors to the future.
3) A Lasting Legacy—Wills and estate planning
Alfred & Helen Arp—The Arp Scholarships
Alfred and Helen Arp were lifetime farmers in north Scott County. They never had the opportunity to attend college and they never had children of their own. But this farm couple has been instrumental in providing a college education to many, many NS graduates since 1993.
It was then that through their will, the Arps left an incredible gift of $320,000 to the North Scott Educational Foundation for the purpose of sending North Scott kids to college. Over the years, that endowment alone has generated scholarships totaling over $444,000. And it keeps on giving year after year.
4) Paying it Forward—The gift of Life Insurance
Mickey McArthur—The McArthur Scholarships
Mickey McArthur was a friend and supporter of the Foundation for many, many years. In 2001, he donated $100,000 in honor of Dr. Robert (Bear) Stevens, a past superintendent of the NS School District and a valued friend. A scholarship fund was set up in Dr. Steven’s name and has generated over $58,000 in scholarships since then.
Soon after that donation, Mickey purchased a $100,000 life insurance policy on himself naming the North Scott Educational Foundation as the beneficiary. He wanted to make sure that kids from the North Scott community would be granted scholarships in his name after he was gone. Sadly, Mickey died in 2009 at the age of 81 from complications from a stroke. A new scholarship was “born” in his name. And as a result, he remains committed to this community each year through the Mickey McArthur Scholarships.
5) Focus on Philanthropy—Building an endowment through ongoing contributions
Scott & Laura Stevens—North Scott Science Faculty Scholarship
Scott Stevens was a graduate of NS High School in 1984. In appreciation of the efforts, the lessons, the commitment, and the mentoring of the North Scott teachers who inspired him to study the field of science and become a doctor, Scott and his wife, Laura, made a $10,000 endowment to the Foundation and established the NSHS Science Faculty Scholarship honoring those teachers.
Since establishing this endowment in 2006, Scott and Laura have increased their endowment annually. Scott says, “We plan to make this endowment fund a central part of our philanthropic efforts as a way of giving back to my alma mater.” The annual scholarship has grown from $500 to $2,500. And it continues to grow.