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Texas couple gives $1 million to SIU

Published: Sunday, June 29, 2014 12:15 a.m. CDT

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.

–Wire reports

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.”

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