Friday, Dec 6, 2013
SIU Graduate Leaves $1.3 Million to Help Disabled Students
CARBONDALE -- An SIU graduate has given back to his alma mater in a big way. The Greenwood family estate is donating $1.-3 million to help students with disabilities.
Jim Greenwood chose SIU back in 1961 because it was one of a few universities that was accessible to a wheelchair. He died in 2009. His wife passed away in January.
Their estate will begin providing scholarships next year to disabled students looking to get a degree in science or engineering.
Greenwood remained a big fan of the Salukis his entire life. He was very proud of his university's dedication to helping students with disabilities. After graduating with a masters degree, Greenwood went to work for IBM.
The donation from the Greenwood family is exciting news for SIU students, like Nicole Swarringin. The Biological Science Major has muscular dystrophy. She also picked SIU because of what the school offers to disabled students.
"We came and met with disability services," said Swarringin. "That's when I knew this is the right college, this is where I need to go to, because everybody was so willing to help and do anything that I needed."
SIU began its efforts to be accessible in the 1950s. The Disability Support Services now provide assistance to more than 500 students. They deal with the basics, like getting around campus. They also help in tougher situations, like finding adaptive learning tools for the classroom or laboratories.
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