Legacies of Giving

Legacies of Giving

Legacies of Giving

When it comes to estate plans and establishing a longterm gift to Buena Vista University, communicating with the University is an important step in the process.  Irene (Meehlhause) Voss, Class of 1961, of Sheldon, is a long-time donor to the University and has included Buena Vista University in her estate plans.

Irene and her late husband, Robert E. Voss, also Class of 1961, were non-traditional students, earning their degrees from BV later in life. Before attending Buena Vista, Robert spent 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Irene helped teach in rural schools. After graduating from BV in 1961, Irene taught second grade at Schaller and Storm Lake schools, and Robert taught U.S. history at Sheldon High School.

Robert passed away in 1983, and Irene established the Irene C. and Robert E. Voss Endowed Scholarship in 1998, which is awarded to a student with financial need who is majoring in education. She has made additional gifts to the scholarship fund over the years, and after being involved in giving for so long, Irene decided to also include BVU in her estate plans to ensure her legacy of giving will benefit education students for years to come.

BVU was able to recognize Irene’s generosity during the celebration of See Tomorrow: The Campaign for Buena Vista University, and she has had the opportunity to meet and correspond with grateful students who have received her scholarship.

Robert and Ruth Rosburg of Altoona included Buena Vista University as a beneficiary of their estate, however, the University didn’t learn of the gift until after they both had passed away.

Robert Rosburg, Class of 1950, was a retired teacher and passed away in 1993. His wife, Ruth was a retired bookkeeper, and upon her death in February 2012, BVU was made aware of the bequest to the University by the executor of their will.

“We learned of the generosity of the Rosburgs only after they both had passed away,” said Ken Converse, vice president of institutional advancement at BVU. “I wish we would have had the opportunity to say thank you to the Rosburgs personally, but since that is not possible, we will keep their legacy alive through our stewardship of their wonderful gift to our students.”

When the funds were distributed upon Ruth’s passing, BVU established The Robert & Ruth Rosburg Endowed Scholarship Fund, and per the wishes in their bequest, withdrawals from the endowed scholarship fund will provide financial assistance to students attending Buena Vista University.