Ripple effect

Education scholarships touch lives beyond BGSU

By Bonnie Blankenship

Even when someone is not physically present, their presence may be felt in many ways. In the College of Education and Human Development, Muriel Hutchinson Strebe ‘51 is everywhere, from the classroom named in her honor to her impact on the lives of current and future education majors and their students in turn.

A 1951 alumna of the college who taught elementary school for 35 years, Strebe has created a legacy that will endure for many years to come. The annual scholarship she created has helped young, aspiring teachers achieve their career dreams, and the Muriel Hutchinson Strebe book award helps many others with expenses.

“Muriel Strebe is a role model for all of us,” said Dr. Dawn Shinew, dean of the college. “Not only does she have an infectious laugh and incredible spirit, her dedication to BGSU is unwavering. She reminds us of the importance of being a part of the ‘Falcon family’ and giving back.”

But Strebe’s biggest gift to BGSU came when she chose to honor the education she received here and made BGSU the beneficiary of her $1 million estate so that more young people will be able to become well-trained teachers like herself.

“I look at it as paying it forward,” Strebe said. “I don’t have any family, and so after I’m gone, I want to continue to help the place that gave me such a wonderful education and a rewarding career so that I can give others the same opportunity. I can’t think of a better investment than supporting the next generation of great teachers.”

A good teacher is a gift, a person who truly can make a difference in one’s life. In that way, Strebe’s support for education majors extends beyond the walls of the College of Education and Human Development and into lives of untold numbers of students for years to come.

“Muriel and donors like her who have supported our students in so many ways not only change the life of one individual,” Shinew said, “they create possibilities for making the world a better place.”