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Gerald & Dorothy Francis Fund for Aviation

An estate gift from Gerald & Dorothy Francis supports students enrolled in LCC’s Aviation Technology Center and provides significant funding for the facilities at Mason’s Jewett Field. The Francises owned and operated Francis Aviation at Capitol City Airport, which was one of the largest Beechcraft dealerships in the nation after World War II. Besides flying for her business, Dorothy became an accomplished acrobatic pilot. Through their estate planning, the Francises created a legacy gift that continues to support their passion for future generations of students pursuing careers in aviation. The Lansing Community College Aviation Technology program has a rich history and tradition of providing quality aircraft maintenance instruction. For nearly 40 years, this program has consistently given students top-notch, cutting-edge technology to ensure success in their chosen career paths.

Richard A. Sellers

Mr. Sellers was a graduate of Lansing's Eastern High School. After receiving a degree in Finance and Accounting, Mr. Sellers began a career in banking. He eventually retired from Comerica Bank where he served as Vice President of Commercial Lending. Mr. Sellers felt strongly that education was the solution to many of the problems that society faced. Although he did not attend Lansing Community College, Mr. Sellers was grateful to the Lansing community for the success he had in his career and wanted to support educational opportunities at LCC for generations to come. His gift has established the Richard A. Sellers Scholarship.

Marian M. Schoff

Was a graduate of Williamston High School, the Edward W. Sparrow Hospital School of Nursing and attended Michigan State University. She was married to Dr. Charles Schoff. Mrs. Schoff had a lifelong career as a registered nurse. She served as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1944-45, where she was supervisor of staff and did private duty nursing at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was the director of the Student Health Center at Northwood University for twenty-one years. She served as a board member of the Visiting Nurse Association, the United Fund of Midland County and the Midland Mental Health Society. During her lifetime she supported the Sparrow Hospital Nurses Alumni Association Scholarship at Lansing Community College. The estate gift from Dr. & Mrs. Schoff further supports scholarships for LCC nursing students and will be a meaningful memorial to Mrs. Schoff desire to support students pursuing a career in nursing.

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