Investor Luncheon Celebrates Student Scholarship

Oct 9, 2018 | Stacey Ortman, University Relations

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Lenny (C’67) and Sue Weih fondly recall their time at the place they lovingly call “The U.”

“It’s just good memories when we come back,” Lenny said, later adding. “We wouldn’t have the lives we have now if it weren’t for the University of Dubuque.”

Through the Lenny and Sue Weih Scholarship, the couple hopes to help students with financial need in the education major field complete their education. They also support the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center and other initiatives on campus.

“We feel like we are part of that student’s path of higher education,” Lenny said.

University of Dubuque’s Investor Luncheon, held Oct. 5 in Steffens Hall inside the Charles and Romona Myers Center, recognized investments in students made by people like Lenny and Sue.

“You are investing in young people, you’re investing in their futures, and, in the process, you’re investing in your communities and in our country and in our world. That’s what we are about,” said UD President Jeffrey F. Bullock.

Ninety-seven percent of students attending UD receive financial aid. The University offers a variety of merit scholarships, awards, grants, and named scholarships that support UD’s Mission while recognizing academic achievement, commitment to community service, and demonstrated leadership. Emma Ruff knows first-hand how scholarships can make a difference in helping dreams become reality. Emma, a senior elementary education major with aspirations of being a special education teacher, has been honored to receive the Lenny and Sue Weih Scholarship twice.

“The scholarship has helped me tremendously,” Emma said. “Being in the education program, it is hard to work when you have school, class observations, and practicum hours. If it wasn’t for the scholarship, I would not be able to put the time needed into my educational career.”

At the luncheon, some of the investors had the opportunity to meet students who have benefited from their investment. Emma was delighted to meet Lenny and Sue.

“I sincerely appreciate the Lenny and Sue Weih Scholarship,” Emma said.

For Lenny and Sue, the scholarship is not simply an investment of money. It is also a way to show their scholarship recipients that someone out there cares about them and wants to them to succeed.

“It’s not only the money, but someone you don’t know is interested in you and trying to push you that little extra bit to get through this big step in your life,” Lenny said.

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