Every now and then, a story lands in the newspaper that any reader can appreciate. Today was one of those days.
In an article titled, “U’s centenarian donor offers aid – and spry humor,” Star Tribune writer Jean Hopfensperger details the story of 100 year old Bernie Queneau, a man behind the Marguerite J. Queneau Memorial Scholarship in Public Health Nutrition, an effort established in 1995 by the siblings of University of Minnesota alum Marguerite J. Queneau to honor their sister’s accomplishments in the field of public health nutrition.
Today, that scholarship and another Queneau family effort, the Alva Wipperman Queneau Memorial Scholarship at the School of Nursing, have combined to help more than 150 students.
But it’s the man behind the scholarships that resonates most.
“Bernie Queneau drives from Pittsburgh to Minneapolis every year to present his family scholarships to University of Minnesota students. He hits the highway a little slower these days. At 100 years old, he may well be Minnesota’s oldest living scholarship donor.
He also is among the few donors who still meets all the winners of his scholarships — even if it requires driving 900 miles and sharing driving duties with his wife, Esther.”
Read the rest of the Queneau’s story here.