The University of Findlay is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a combined $1.56 million gift from the estates of sisters Marjorie and Mildred McGranahan.
The donation will be added to the Marjorie M. McGranahan-Mildred F. McGranahan-Shafer-Van Dorn-McGranahan Scholarship endowment fund, which Mildred established in the late 1980s in honor of the women in her family.
The sisters, who were Findlay College alumnae and McComb natives, dedicated their lives to farming. They created the scholarship to encourage each recipient to become a “steward of land” and to be aware of their place in and affect on the world’s ecosystem.
Mildred also taught, and briefly worked at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, but she returned to the family farm to assume control of its business operations and management. She also purchased her own farm and home on Ohio 224 west of Findlay, which enlarged the family’s agricultural holdings to more than 500 acres. She raised cattle, sheep hogs and chickens.
Marjorie, a conservationist who was always interested in environmental issues, took graduate classes at the University of California at Berkley, became a science teacher and eventually headed the science department at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, California. She returned to the family farm during summer breaks to help with the work.
Mildred, 92, died on April 4, 2010. At age 99, Marjorie died on Oct. 6, 2013.
“Because of the generosity of these two extraordinary women, countless students at The University of Findlay will receive educational funding well into the future,” said Fell. “Marjorie and Mildred McGranahan’s legacies will be gratefully remembered.”