Alumna Gives the Gift of Education
Growing up near Ball State campus, Marilyn Skinner had no idea that in her future would be the means to make an impact on a university she grew to love, as well as honor family members and celebrate her career in education.
Vard and Vera Skinner urged their two daughters, Marilyn and Norma, to attend Ball State. The pair walked or rode their bikes to campus while attending classes.
Norma Skinner Wolf received a bachelor's degree from Ball State Teachers College in 1951. Marilyn received a bachelor's degree in 1958 and a master's degree in 1961. She also received a doctorate in instructional technology from Indiana University. During her 37 years in the Kokomo, Ind., school system, Marilyn was a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent.
Honoring the People and Causes She Loves
Realizing possession of the family home following the passing of her parents and sister, Marilyn used the property the make an outright gift to endow the Skinner-Wolf Scholarship Fund. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be undergraduates with a major within Ball State's Teachers College. "I hope this will help encourage others to go into education," says Marilyn, who is now director of the Center for Early Childhood Education at Indiana University-Kokomo. "There's a real need for teachers everywhere."
Marilyn recalls discussing the gift with "the kids," her six nieces and nephews with whom she is very close. "They enthusiastically agreed that setting up the scholarship in this way was an excellent way to honor their mother and grandparents," Marilyn says. "The kids are successful in their own lives, and didn't need the home. I'm hoping they will eventually add to the scholarship fund in the future." Marilyn also makes gifts to the endowment each year and plans to add to the fund in the future with a gift in her will.