Heydingers Empower Future Generations Through Scholarships
In life, the Rev. Richard B. Heydinger, Sr., and his wife, Dorothy "Dotty" K. Heydinger, were socially conscious, with strong beliefs in civil rights and the rights of women. And even in death their beliefs remain alive through two named scholarships at the University of Dubuque.
The Rev. Heydinger passed away 25 years ago. Shortly thereafter, Dotty, their son Dr. Richard "Rick" B. Heydinger, Jr., and other donors created a scholarship in his name. Its purpose: to provide assistance to minority seminary students, with a focus on Native Americans.
Dotty Heydinger, who died in September 2006 at age 89, left a bequest in her will to establish the Dorothy K. Heydinger Scholarship, which will benefit female seminary students. Memorial gifts from friends and family will also be applied.
"There was a real connection between our family and the University," says Rick, who is leaving a bequest to support both scholarships. "My parents always voiced the importance of giving back to the community. I remember them saying that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us."
The Rev. Heydinger, who received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from UD in 1960, was minister for 16 years at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located across the street from the University. "Many professors and students attended," Rick says, adding that the family's home was on campus, adjacent to the football stadium. "During games, the team would use our garage as their locker room," he says.
Though much has since changed, the Heydingers will always be remembered as loyal supporters of the University. "They truly believed in family, faith, education and empowering others," says Kara Leglar, Director for Donor Relations. "We are blessed to have them as friends and donors."
To learn more about establishing a scholarship in your name or the name of a loved one, contact Kara Leglar at (563) 589-3809, or Wayne Sampson at (563) 589-3621.
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