Vermillion farmland donation creates Heine scholarship

Vermillion farmland donation creates Heine scholarship Mary Lou Heine, a 1959 graduate of Mount Marty High School, has always been grateful for the Catholic education her parents provided for her and her 10 brothers and sisters. But it wasn't until recently, when she decided to establish a scholarship at Mount Marty College, that she found a way to honor their memory and extend that educational opportunity to others.

"I always wanted to do something like that as a kind of memorial for my parents," said Heine, who lives in South Charleston, WV. "Education was very important to them and I knew it would be the kind of thing that would please them very much."

To launch the scholarship, Heine donated 60 acres of Vermillion area farmland that she had inherited from her parents to Mount Marty College. Sale of the land provided $45,000 that has been used to endow the scholarship in perpetuity.

Dr. Mark Hurtubise, president of Mount Marty College, was pleased to learn of Heine's generosity. "The new Heine scholarship will be a wonderful addition to the college. The Heine name is well-known throughout the region. We welcome Mary Lou Heine's generous donation and look forward to the educational opportunities it will provide numerous worthy students."

"My parents valued a Catholic education as a good foundation for life," Heine says, adding that the Cedar County, NE natives worked diligently and made many sacrifices to provide opportunities for their children.

According to Heine, her late parents were great advocates for learning and the arts. "My father and my mother never stopped reading, questioning and trying to improve."

Today, she finds it gratifying to see those same qualities in herself and in her brothers and sisters as she hope that the scholarship will help instill those same qualities and values in its recipients.

Once established, the Leonard and Mary Heine Memorial Scholarship will give preference to Catholic students from rural Nebraska who demonstrate financial need.

For more information, contact Christine Wilber, Vice President for Development, at (605) 668-1292.

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