Double the Gift
Friday, November 19, 2010
Jim ’65 ’67 and Beverly Pehler ’72, joke that St. Cloud State University is “their third child.” And like all good parents who want to set aside money for their children’s college education, the Pehlers have established two funds to benefit students at St. Cloud State University.
Bev, an active St. Cloud community volunteer and Jim, a former state legislator and retired associate professor in the Learning Resources Center at St. Cloud State, established the Jim and Beverly Pehler Student Teacher “Emergency Need” Scholarship. It helps student teachers meet urgent expenses such as a car repair or child care expenses.
“I would just hate to have anyone who wanted to be a teacher be unable to do so because of emergency financial reasons that they can’t control,” said Beverly Pehler who attended a two-room schoolhouse and always wanted to be a teacher.
The Pehlers also established the Jim and Beverly Pehler Artist in Residence Endowment to bring artists to campus, whether it’s musicians, actors or fine artists.
“We both benefited from exposure to a variety of artists at college,” said Beverly Pehler. “Through those experiences I grew a lot. We want others to have the same opportunities and experiences that we had.”
The Pehlers hope that the visiting artists will enrich the lives of university students as well as elementary and secondary students in the area and community members.
“Both Jim and I pretty much worked our way through school — we both have education degrees, we both taught,” she said. “We had thought that we’d like to make a difference in the lives of others. We both realized how important teachers and artists have been in our lives.”
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