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Endowed Scholarship Bequest to Assist Students

Endowed Scholarship Bequest to Assist Students

Florida Campus scholarship recipient
with Marion Staples

Establishing the Dr. John and Marion Staples Endowed Scholarship Fund at Palmer College of Chiropractic's Florida Campus in memory of my husband, John Hugh Staples, D.C., 1953, was the least I could do to express my gratitude for the education he received and the lifestyle we were able to enjoy. It was pure joy meeting the first scholarship recipient and seeing the smile on her face from the award our funds made possible.

Dr. Staples was a true believer in chiropractic and devoted to his patients. He grew up during the Depression, and at an early age he helped his family out by delivering newspapers, mowing lawns and shoveling snow. All of these jobs helped to build a strong work ethic which he carried throughout his life.

We got married in 1949; it was a marriage that took us through forty-nine years together. During this time, John experienced some health problems which led him to the healing art of chiropractic. After receiving some remarkable results, he made the decision to dedicate the rest of his life to the chiropractic profession. Dr. Staples practiced thirty years; I was his office manager and also intricately involved in the chiropractic profession. During his lifetime, John recruited and mentored about a dozen Palmer students. He passed away in 1998.

I chose to establish the endowed scholarship to celebrate and perpetuate John's memory, our lives together in chiropractic and to help future generations of chiropractors while I was living, so I could meet some of the recipients and witness the blessings of my gift. The scholarship recipients are truly amazing and talented. It's so fun to hear about their accomplishments, dreams and aspirations, and as an added blessing, they've continued to keep in touch after graduation.

Because of such positive experiences, I have also made provisions in my estate plan for additional monies to be added to our scholarship fund which will allow for an increase in the number of scholarships or larger awards to be given.

The language below shows how a bequest can very easily be included in your will or added as a codicil. To restrict your gift for an endowed scholarship as Mrs. Staples has done, just state that in your will. The minimum amount for a named endowed scholarship is $50,000; lesser amounts will be added to a pooled endowed scholarship fund.

You might find it helpful to print this page and give it to your attorney. If he or she has any questions, please have him or her contact Barbara Melbourne in Palmer's Development Office at (800) 722-2586, Ext. 3, Ext. 4, or e-mail her at barbara.melbourne@palmer.edu.


Example bequest language - Please feel free to change the numbers or percentages as you desire.

1. Bequest of cash

"I bequeath the sum of $10,000 to Palmer College of Davenport, IA."

2. Bequest of a percent of the estate

"I devise and bequeath 20% of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to Palmer College, Davenport, IA."

3. Contingent Bequest

"If my brother John Doe survives me, I devise and bequeath 20% of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to John Doe. If John Doe does not survive me, then I devise and bequeath 20% of my residuary estate, whether real or personal property and wherever located to Palmer College, Davenport, IA."


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