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Berntsons Establish Three Scholarship Endowments

Tom and Alice Berntson met in a Western Illinois University German class in Sallee Hall in 1972. The then-juniors were enrolled in the same class due to a requirement in Tom's major (chemistry) and Alice's desire to learn another language (she had already taken Spanish and French courses). Less than two years later, the couple graduated from Western and soon left for Europe, where they traveled for two months. They returned to go to graduate school, Tom at Iowa State, and Alice at WIU. Within a few years both had earned master's degrees at Iowa State.

And now, they want to help Western students who are taking courses in the same classrooms they sat in more than 40 years ago. The Berntsons are establishing three scholarships to help students who could not otherwise complete their education at Western.

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