Rebecca Sims wanted to help area students
gain an opportunity she never had — attending college.
Years ago, the
county resident established a scholarship fund through the Lawrence County
Community Foundation in the name of her three children, Mary R. Cline,
Timothy B. Maegerlein and Stephen D. Maegerlein.
“I’ve had lots of tragedy in my life, but
the Lord’s been good to me,” Sims said.
Her tragedy was losing both Timothy and Mary
Rachel to early deaths, she said. Timothy was killed in car accident in
1963, at age 14 and Mary Rachel died of bone marrow cancer in 1996.
Sims oldest son, Stephen, lives in
county with his wife and step-daughter. He graduated with degree in
and worked for NSWC Crane for 38 years, she said.
She and the children’s father, late Lehrman
Maegerlein, didn’t have the finances to attend college themselves, but
made sure that Stephen and Mary were able to go, she said.
“We wanted the children to have what was
denied us. It wasn’t easy. We made lots of sacrifice with two in school at
one time,” she said.
Sims had originally planned to set up
scholarships at Purdue, Mary and Stephen’s alma mater, but instead decided
to keep the scholarship local.
Sims was quoted as saying, “My desire with
the scholarship is to give some needy young person the education we didn’t
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