"I am happy and proud to have a small part in helping some of Eastern's students succeed."
Dr. Robert Bender, accounting professor at Eastern for nearly 30 years, was the kind of instructor students remember forever. In a good way. And Betty, Dr. Bender's widow, is helping keep her husband's memory alive through a scholarship in his name.
"I'm continually fascinated at the number of his former students who approach me at social settings to tell me how much he meant to their education and careers," Betty says.
The scholarship for EWU accounting students was seeded by Dr. Bender's fellow faculty members when he retired in 1986. Recently she made a provision in her will that earmarks continued funding.
Even though today's accounting scholarship recipients will never have the privilege of learning from Dr. Bender, through the generosity of Betty Bender, his legacy lives on.
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 Eastern Washington University Foundation of Cheney, WA."
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 Eastern Washington University Foundation, Cheney, WA."
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 Eastern Washington University Foundation, Cheney, WA."