The Joy of Giving
No one experiences the joy of giving back to her alma mater quite like Joy Irving ’64. A native of Moscow, Idaho, and a first generation college student, Joy received much love and support from her parents. They encouraged her to attend the University of Idaho and earn a bachelor’s degree in home economics, what is now called family and consumer sciences. She is now passing on that support by donating to UI scholarships to aid students on their journey through higher education.
“While attending UI, I learned how to plan my time and how to organize my days,” Joy says. “The lessons I learned in class taught me to organize a kitchen and prepare employees—I can’t tell you how many times that knowledge helped me down the road.”
Joy and her late husband George started giving back to UI because George felt strongly about supporting students in chemical engineering. He wanted to help others by providing them scholarship support, as he too was once a chemical engineering student on scholarship.
“The education that my husband earned at the University of Idaho enabled him to have a very successful career,” she says. “I want to help other young people receive an education that will continue to launch successful careers.”
Joy has committed to an additional $20,000 to cover the funding for graduate students in chemical engineering for 2016. Beyond the gifts Joy makes each year, she has provided for a gift in her will to continue her support for graduate and undergraduate scholarships in chemical engineering, graduate scholarships in food and nutrition, and internships in UI Extension. In this way, Joy will continue to help UI students forever while maintaining her financial security now.
“It is becoming ever more important for UI alumni to assist in scholarship aid, and for the university to encourage students to apply for grants that can help provide the kind of quality education my husband and I received here.”
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