Scholarship Helps Students
get the Most from College
Janet Gage is grateful to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual
Adoration for the 11 years of quality Catholic education she received, first at
St. Mary’s Elementary School in Marathon and later at Viterbo University.
In appreciation and to give others the same opportunity, she
chose to create the Janet O. Gage Student Housing Scholarship at Viterbo
University. The scholarship will provide funds to defray the cost of on-campus
room and board.
“I feel very strongly that living on campus is a big part of a
college education,” Gage said. Research indicates that students who live on
campus tend to be more engaged and successful in the their college careers.
Gage’s scholarship is part of her estate planning. She funds
the scholarship each year until the time of her passing, when funds will be
used to make it an endowed scholarship. Endowed scholarships go on in
perpetuity, creating a legacy in the name of the benefactor.
Students who attended Marathon or Stillwater schools are
eligible to receive the scholarship. If no students are available, the
scholarship will be awarded to an international student studying at Viterbo and
living on campus. International travel is also an important part of a college education,
Gage was one of the original three students to reside in
Viterbo’s first dorm, the former Bishop’s house, St. Catherine’s Hall in 1950.
Gage earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Viterbo in 1953. She went on
to enjoy a 25-year career as a counselor with the Stillwater, Minn. School
District, where much of her work was with junior high students.
“It was challenging and rewarding work,” she said.
Gage recently visited campus in March for the annual
Scholarship Luncheon, at which scholarship recipients and benefactors have the
opportunity to interact.
“Viterbo looks fantastic, I’m very happy it’s doing so well,”
she said. “I’m very pleased with the progress the university has made over the
years. I felt this scholarship was a good investment.”