CARBONDALE – A Texas couple is paying it forward, having mailed a surprise $1 million check to Southern Illinois University to establish a scholarship fund.
Marsha and Gary Bertrand of Austin, Texas, sent the gift to the SIU Foundation.
The donation will be invested, with those returns used for annual scholarships to middle-income undergraduate students from southern Illinois.
Marsha Bertrand graduated in 1970 from SIU with a business degree and got a master’s degree elsewhere. She said education has been essential in her and her husband’s lives, “and neither of us could have accomplished our career goals without it.”