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Nancy Schmidt’52

Jane Armitage and Eddie Rock 

Director of Alumni Affairs Jane Armitage and Alumni Association Board President Eddie Rock'99, along with the Alumni Association board, will designate resources that will enhance and strengthen the association's mission and activities.

In 1948, Nancy Schmidt’52, a young high school student had just completed her application for admission to Beloit College. On the application she wrote, “My purpose for attending college is … to have college be the source of worthwhile friendships and associations.” Nearly 60 years later, the College received a large and unexpected bequest from Schmidt’s estate, signaling that Beloit indeed had played a meaningful role in fulfilling that purpose.

After attending Beloit for two years, Schmidt transferred to Northwestern University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree and a career in food chemistry. Schmidt’s record of engagement with Beloit from the time she left is limited, but the personal devotion and appreciation she developed for the College must have run deep.

Schmidt, who died in 2007, named the Beloit College Alumni Association as a primary beneficiary in her will and the College recently received more than $90,000 from her estate. The Nancy Schmidt Alumni Association Endowed Fund ensures that the “worthwhile associations” Schmidt formed as a Beloit student will continue to benefit alumni and students through another worthwhile association–the Alumni Association–for years to come. Funds generated from the endowment will be used to further the Alumni Association’s mission, specifically to provide opportunities for Beloit alumni to engage with the College, to promote gatherings between and among Beloit alumni–whether on- or off-campus–and to encourage interaction between current students and alumni.