Fund Established for Future Teachers

Retired teacher Audrey Garvick-Lewis, BS '57, has remained loyal to Ball State University and to her chosen profession.
She has given a planned (deferred) gift to the Ball State University Foundation to establish a scholarship to help students pursuing a degree in teaching. Garvick-Lewis enjoyed a rewarding career in the field of education and felt the need to give back to Ball State. 

She had to work during college to pay her tuition and found a sponsor to help pay her way during her senior year when she was student teaching.

"I wanted to be able to help someone else who had to work like me to get through school," says Garvick-Lewis, who, during her 39-year teaching career, taught junior high school science, math, and health in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

Created through the gift of an insurance policy, the Audrey Wilhite Garvick Scholarship Fund will be available to junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students who work at least 20 hours per week. The scholarship will be awarded based on student need.

"I believe giving is receiving," she adds. "You extend a part of yourself through this type of gift. You create a legacy."

Garvick-Lewis has fond memories of her undergraduate years at Ball State and comes back to campus as much as possible. She remembers the campus as a very friendly place.

"I felt right at home and still do," she says.