Generous Estate Gift to Establish the Jerry W. Greenlee Endowed Scholarship at Franklin College
Campus News

Franklin College announced it has received an estate gift from the late Jerry Greenlee, class of 1967. Funds generated from the gift will be used to establish the Jerry W. Greenlee Endowed Scholarship. According to Lee Ann Jourdan, assistant vice president of alumni engagement and annual giving, revenue from the estate will be used to establish the scholarship, which will provide need-based support for future Franklin College students.

“This very generous estate gift will provide scholarships for many years to students wishing to further their education at Franklin College,” Jourdan said. “We are very appreciative that Jerry valued his education at Franklin College and wanted to ensure that same opportunity for future students.”

Greenlee, a resident of Nashville, Indiana, at the time of his death in 2010, returned to his hometown of Columbus to teach after receiving his degree from Franklin College in 1967. He spent 39 years in the classroom, first at Central Junior High School, where he also coached football for 13 years, and then at Northside Middle School, where he served as the Social Studies Department Chair. Following his retirement, he continued to educate, teaching basic skills at the minimum security prison at Camp Atterbury as well as teaching GED classes at the Brown County Career Resource Center. His dedication to helping others was one of his greatest strengths.

Before his death, Greenlee shared with his wife, Jan Mivelaz Foster Greenlee, his desire to leave his 220-acre farm in Decatur County to Franklin College.  

“Throughout Jerry’s life he valued the education he received at Franklin College and the relationships he formed with his professors due to the intimate class sizes. It was important to him to leave a gift to the college so that others could share that same experience.”

Many future generations will benefit from the generosity and foresight of both the late Mr. Greenlee and his wife, thanks to this planned gift.   

For more information about the gift, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185. For information regarding planned giving at Franklin College, please contact Senior Director of Development and Planned Giving Tom Armor at (317) 738-8045.


POSTED Oct 7, 2019