UnityPoint Health – Waterloo and Allen College officials say the estate of Edward W. Jesse Jr., a Jesup-area farmer, is donating $3.1 million. The gift will create an endowed fund to provide scholarships for Allen College students.
The gift goes toward the Allen College initiatives portion of the For Allen For You capital campaign that is raising $19.8 million for three projects at UnityPoint Health – Waterloo. To date, $11 million has been raised or pledged toward the overall campaign.
Jesse died in 2013 at the age of 78. He was a longtime farmer in Black Hawk and Buchanan counties and lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church. Jesse also donated land in Jesup in 2008 for UnityPoint Clinic’s Jesup clinic. His gifts to Allen total nearly $3.26 million.
Jesse’s nephew, Brad Jesse, is also an area farmer. He said Ed Jesse’s sister, Margaret Brust, graduated from Allen College and his father, Edward Jesse Sr., also gave generously to Allen. Two nieces, Margaret Jean (Woods) Russell and Ramona Jesse and grandniece, Alissa (Fehl) Barron, also graduated from Allen College.
“We are fortunate to have friends of Allen like Ed Jesse and his family,” said Pam Delagardelle, president and CEO UnityPoint Health – Waterloo. “This extremely generous gift will help many area students be able to afford their dream of entering the health-care field and to begin important and satisfying careers – many of them right here in the Cedar Valley. It will also aid Allen College in its efforts to increase enrollment at a time when nursing shortages remain a concern all across Iowa and the nation.”
The Edward W. Jesse Estate Endowed Scholarship will be presented annually to students based on financial need, personal qualifications and signs of academic success. A preference may be given to applicants who graduated from Black Hawk County or Buchanan County high schools. Further information will be available on the Allen College website at www.AllenCollege.edu.