Kutztown U. receives biggest gift from late Allentown teacher

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - A bequest from the estate of a Kutztown University graduate is the largest in the school's history.

The $2.4 million gift from the estate of Joyce Kutz Wehr will go into an endowed scholarship named for Wehr and her late husband, Charles.

The scholarship is available to full-time KU students who are majoring in either elementary or secondary education and exhibit the qualities of academic excellence needed to be a successful teacher.

"This remarkable gift is the living legacy of a woman who dedicated her life to teaching," said Kenneth S. Hawkinson, the president of Kutztown University. "What she has done is to extend her ability to assist students for generations to come. This is a wonderful gesture and we are deeply grateful for her support of our students and her confidence in Kutztown University's ability to produce the highest quality educators."

Wehr, who was born in Maxatawny Township, graduated from Kutztown State Teachers College in 1946. She then went on to teach in the Allentown School District for 34 years, retiring from Union Terrace Elementary in 1981.

Wehr died January 1, 2016, at the age of 89.

She and her husband established four different scholarships at Kutztown, to which they had already contributed more than $90,000 over a 34-year period, officials said.

"The generosity of our donors is what enables the Kutztown University Foundation to provide hundreds of scholarships each year to outstanding, deserving students," said Tracey L. Thompson, executive director, Kutztown University Foundation. "Joyce Kutz Wehr '46 has created an extraordinary legacy, and through her philanthropy, many of our students will see their dreams come true, not just today but for years to come."

Prior to Wehr's bequest, the largest single gift in the foundation's history was a $1,577,991 gift from Arthur L. Wiesenberger in 1996.

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