Bequest Will Benefit Ball State's Student Teaching Program
Veteran teacher Susan White knows the value of Ball State's student teaching program in preparing students for a promising career.
"Being a student teacher is really a full-time job, but students don't get paid, so some must work in addition to teaching," says White. "The additional job then makes it difficult for the student to still be available for after-school activities."
The Susan Hiatt White Student Teacher Fund will help alleviate financial pressures so students can wholeheartedly dedicate their energy to the classroom "instead of worrying about paying the bills," says White, whose fund will be established with a charitable bequest through her estate.
White, a Muncie native, set out to attend Ball State with dreams of a teaching career. With a distinguished teaching university in her own backyard, the choice to attend Ball State was natural.
"I never really considered going anywhere else," says White. "I knew I was going to become a teacher, and Ball State was the logical place to go."
After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from the university, White stayed in her hometown, teaching at various schools in the Muncie Community Schools system. In 2009, she retired and moved to Florida after acquiring more than 30 years of teaching experience.
At the suggestion of her father, a longtime contributor to the university, White decided to become a benefactor.
"My father initiated the idea of contributing to Ball State," says White. "I don't have children to leave things to so I considered the idea and began thinking of a way to give back."
After a discussion with colleagues about the ever-growing responsibilities of student teachers, White came to a decision that her fund would reach out to these students.
Creating the endowment through a bequest was a simple and significant way for White to demonstrate her commitment to future teachers and Ball State while keeping funds available for retirement.
"I want to see my estate put to good use, and I can think of no better way than helping someone that is going into the same profession I've dedicated my life to," says White.