You can support Lake Erie through your will Lake Erie College has been fortunate to have received a large number of gifts over the years from alumni and friends who wished to leave a legacy for future generations of students. These persons have become members of the College’s prestigious Reuben Hitchcock Society, named in honor of one of the influential founders of Lake Erie Female Seminary. You, too, can leave a legacy, and one of the easiest ways to do this is through your will. A will is a statement about what matters most in your life. By making a will, you can ensure that your intentions are clearly expressed and will be followed by those administering your estate. After providing for your family, friends and others, you can continue your support by including a gift to Lake Erie College. These gifts take many forms: An outright bequest, in which you give Lake Erie College a specified dollar amount or specified assets, such as securities, real estate or tangible personal property. A residual bequest, in which you give Lake Erie College all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after specific amounts bequeathed to other beneficiaries are distributed and estate-related expenses are paid. A contingent bequest, which provides for Lake Erie College upon the occurrence of a certain event – if, for example, your primary beneficiary does not survive you. A testamentary trust, in which you establish a trust through your will. Beneficiaries receive income for life or a term of years and, at the end of the trust term, Lake Erie College receives the remainder. You can make a bequest by creating a new will or by adding a codicil to your existing will. Such bequests will be considered unrestricted – if you wish to support a specific department or program at Lake Erie College, be sure to specify this when you draft your will or codicil, and your gift will be used as designated. For further information about making a gift by will or any aspects of estate planning, please contact Scott Evans, vice president for institutional advancement, at 440.375.7255 or email@example.com.
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Col. Arville Hickerson establishes scholarship fund In spring 2011, Col. Arville Hickerson established the Hickerson Scholars Fund, an incremental scholarship for a graduate of Harvey High School who is attending Lake Erie College. The scholarship is designed to encourage students from Harvey to enroll at Lake Erie and to motivate the recipient to remain at the College for all four years. It provides a $1,000 scholarship for the student the first year, $2,000 the second, $3,000 the third and $4,000 the fourth. Arville Hickerson grew up on Levan Drive in the shadows of Lake Erie College. His father, William Hickerson, was professor of English on the Mary Evans Foundation from 1926 to 1976 and his mother, Hazel, was assistant librarian and advisor for the Classes of 1942 and 1962. Hickerson graduated from Harvey High School in 1952 and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Dartmouth. He spent his entire career in the Army, serving in Berlin, Vietnam and Korea. He first served with the 82nd Airborne Division, and later as a Company Commander in the 2nd Battle Group, 6th Infantry when the Berlin Wall was built. He also served with Special Forces and as an instructor at the U.S. Army Infantry School. He was in combat in the USMACV and 1st Air Cavalry Division for 27 consecutive months that encompassed eight designated campaigns and the TET Offensives of 1968 and 1969. He was Battalion Commander of the 23rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea during the 1973 oil crisis and later served on the staffs of the Army Chief of Staff and Inspector General, and he graduated from the National War College. He was promoted to Colonel in 1977 and was retired in 1983. The first recipient of this scholarship is Ericka Colon, who graduated from Harvey in 2011. She is majoring in biology, with the hopes of someday becoming a physician.