Donald L. Duell Memorial Scholarship: Giving Back to the Community
Sharon Laine Duell, former vice president of The Duell’s Evansville Kia, recently founded the Donald L. Duell Memorial Scholarship at Ivy Tech in order to help students pursuing degrees related to the automotive industry. The scholarship is named for her father-in-law, who opened the first individually owned Chrysler dealership in the Evansville region with her husband, David. We can’t think of a better way to give back to the community.
Sharon has been involved with Ivy Tech for several years, often hiring recent graduates. This scholarship is a way to invest back into the school, and it’s also a great way to fuel the local economy. For people looking to pursue careers in the local auto industry, that is now more possible than ever before. As a five-star dealership, The Duell’s Evansville Kia Mazda Volvo has high standards when it comes to its employees, and it all starts with a good education.
"I want to make an investment in students who are pursuing careers in the automotive industry, and Ivy Tech has a superb automotive training program," Sharon said. "I want to pay it forward and help students on their path to achieving their goals. Ivy Tech is committed to student success."
In part, Sharon established the scholarship to recognize the perseverance of students, as she herself studied for several years at the post-secondary level. As a first-generation college student, Sharon spent 17 years studying history at the baccalaureate level, later earning a master’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Southern Indiana.
There’s nothing more valuable than a quality education. In addition to a planned gift that is supplemented through an IRA, the dealership also matches employee donations as well. This combination of funds ensures that automotive employees are well prepared for the future that awaits them. This is just one of the many ways The Duell’s aims at giving back to the community.