Copelands Establish Education ScholarshipThe Copelands retired in 1992 after a combined 70 years of teaching in Logansport schools.
"They have spent their entire adult lives educating, volunteering and giving to make Cass County a better place to live and their joy in establishing this fund is apparent," said Deanna Crispen, the foundation’s president. "This new scholarship is another piece in their continuing legacy of educating our young minds."
After discussing their scholarship plans with their three grown children, Vivian, Christopher and Maureen, the Copelands decided to endow a scholarship fund at the community foundation.
"Logansport has been so good to us," Richard Copeland said. "We have made a wonderful life with our children and have many friends. We just want to give something back to the community that has given us so much."
Both Richard and Eileen said they had heard from many former students through the years.
"It is amazing to know you've had such an impact on a student," Richard said. It is good to see their accomplishments and think maybe I had some influence on that child.
The Copeland scholarship will be awarded to a Logansport High School senior who is planning to major in the field of education.
"Having good teachers is an important part of our world," Eileen Copeland said. "Teachers have such an impact on their students. It's important for them to have appropriate training. We want to provide something to help the future teachers achieve their goal and encourage students to continue to pursue teaching."
The scholarship will be presented for the first time in spring 2012, and the Copelands say they hope their scholarship will inspire others to consider funding scholarships.