A man from Iowa, who worked as a carpenter for 67 years, was able to sponsor the academic career of 33 foreigners after his death in 2005. After making $ 3 million in savings, Dale Schroeder set up a student fund. from Iowa who could not afford to pay their university fees. Today, 14 years after his death, these funds are finally exhausted.
Schroeder grew up in poverty and was never able to go to university, according to KCCI. Thus, shortly before the death of the carpenter, who had never been married and had never had children, in 2005, he approached his friend and lawyer, Steve Nielsen, to discuss what was needed to make all his savings.
“He wanted to help kids like him who probably would not have had the opportunity to go to university without his gift,” Nielsen told KCCI . “I asked him, ‘How much do we talk about, Dale’? And he said to me, ‘Oh, just under $ 3 million’. I almost fell off my chair .
Most of this money went to the Schroeder Scholarship Fund, which helped future teachers, doctors and therapists realize their dreams of pursuing higher education.
Now that the funds are exhausted, the 33 beneficiaries, who call themselves “Dale’s Kids”, promised to continue his work, which was the only condition for accepting the scholarship.
“All we ask is that you continue his work,” says Nielsen. “You can not repay, because Dale is gone. But you can remember him and you can imitate him . “
On Saturday, Dale’s children gathered to talk about how he changed their lives, though he never knew them. One of her children, Kira Conard, said:
“I grew up in a single-parent family and I had three older sisters, so paying for the four of us was never an option. It almost made me feel helpless, like, ‘I want to do that, I have a goal but I can not do it just because of finance’.
After high school, Conrad, hoping to continue her studies to become a therapist, intended to tell her friends and family that she could not afford to go to university. However, before making the announcement, Conrad received a phone call from Nielsen informing him that his tuition amounting to $ 80,000 would be covered by Schroeder.
“I immediately started crying. For a man who would never meet me, send me to college, it’s amazing. It does not happen that often .
Born in 1919, Dale Schroeder worked as a carpenter for 67 years at Des Moines. When he died in 2005, he had accumulated nearly $ 3 million in savings. Dale Schroeder had two jeans, one for work and one for the church.