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U of I Gets $12 Million Gift

Alumna creates endowment to honor her parents



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    A $12 million endowment from a 1944 graduate of the University of Illinois will be shared by two of the university's schools.

    An alumna of the University of Illinois Urbana has honored the school with a $12 million endowed gift.

    Arlys Streitmatter Conrad grew up in Speer, Ill., the daughter of a farmer and a teacher. She attended the University and graduated in 1944, after attending on a four-year scholarship.

    Throughout a successful professional career -- 38 years of which were spent as a corporate secretary with S&C Electric Co. in Chicago -- she maintained "a longtime and fulfilling relationship with her Alma Mater," according to a news release issued by the university Monday.

    Wanting to honor her parents, Conrad left the gift to be shared equally by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS).

    And it's not the first gift Conrad has given to the U of I. According to the release, she "previously created and generously funded the Louis H. Streitmatter and Arlys Streitmatter Conrad Scholarship for upperclassmen undergraduates in the College of ACES who plan to pursue a career in farming. At the same time, the fund established the E. Veda Streitmatter and Arlys Streitmatter Conrad Scholarship in English for students pursuing degrees in the teaching of English and who plan to become high school English teachers. Those scholarships, established through a $1 million endowed gift in honor of Mrs. Conrad’s parents, have supported many students and will continue to do so well into the future."

    Conrad died on Sept. 6, 2007.