$270,000 gift to help aspiring teachers

By The Mercury

A $270,000 gift from the estate of two former Manhattan school teachers will be used to fund scholarships for students from Riley County who plan to study education at an in-state university.

Plans for the gift, from the estate of Charles and Doris Setterquist, were announced by Jim Morrison, president of the Manhattan-Ogden Public School Foundation. Students from the three high schools in Riley County — Blue Valley, Riley County and Manhattan —will be eligible to apply for the awards.

Charles Setterquist was a graduate of Randolph High School who taught at elementary schools in Olsburg and Manhattan, including 23 years at Bluemont Elementary School. He retired in 1980 and died in 2006.

Doris Setterquist graduated from Cleburne High School and taught in rural schools as well as at Eugene Field Elementary. She died in 2012.

The couple jointly wrote a book titled “Rural Schools of Riley County.”

The amount of the scholarship will vary from $500 for freshmen to $2,000 for juniors and seniors.

Morrison indicated that additional gifts to the foundation are expected, including a $400,000 gift from the estate of Jeune and Philip Kirmser, a $100,000 gift in the name of long-time Manhattan High teacher Roger Brannan given by a former student, and a fourth scholarship of a size that was not announced.

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