Building a Family Legacy

Oct 25, 2022

As a child of a faculty member, Jean Paul grew up on the Drake campus.

“I remember going to Relays, watching Drake in the Final Four,” says Jean. “Drake was always an important part of our lives.”

When her father, Eugene J. Paul, passed away in 1989, she and her mother, Barbara, established the E.J. Paul Scholarship, later renamed the E.J. Paul Family Scholarship. The scholarship honored Eugene’s long and respected career as an associate professor in the College of Business and Public Administration and his many contributions to the community and business world. The scholarship supports students who are interested in careers in human resources or labor relations.

“Anything that we can do to help students accomplish their goals and fulfill their dreams is really important,” says Jean, LA’83, GR’88.

The Paul family has continued to support the scholarship with additional contributions, including memorial contributions for Jean’s brother, Thomas, and their mom, Barbara, who both died recently. Jean, who is a two-time Drake graduate, has also created a bequest through her will to support the scholarship in the future.

“I knew I wanted our family to be remembered as an integral part of Drake,” she says. “Planned giving enables you to do that.”

Jean Paul pictured (left to right) with her brothers, John and Tom Paul.

Cyclones supporting Drake
Kent and Lou Ann Sandburg

Iowa State alumni, and long term Des Moines residents, Kent and Lou Ann Sandburg have enjoyed the fine arts at Drake, which started with their involvement with the Friends of Drake Arts. They feel the multitude of performances, many of them free, adds great quality of their lives. They especially enjoy performances at the Turner Jazz Center and the Keys to Excellence performances at Sheslow Auditorium.

They attended their first performance at Drake about 20 years ago, which inspired them to purchase a student practice piano in memory of Kent’s mom, Ethel Ross. Ethel was an accomplished pianist and had attended Drake in 1935. Shortly after, the Sandburgs created two endowed scholarships for music.

Kent and Lou Ann were able to meet students who were directly benefiting from their scholarships. Impressed with the impact their scholarships were having, they decided to support The Ones campaign by including Drake in their estate to further support their two endowed scholarships: The Ethel Ross Sandburg Scholarship for Piano Study and the Kent and Lou Ann Gerhard Sandburg Music Scholarship.

The Sandburgs heartily invite all to Drake who want to experience culture and performances that will further enrich their lives.

Jean Paul pictured (left to right) with her brothers, John and Tom Paul.
Kent and Lou Ann Sandburg

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