Scottsdale residents establish SCC ‘Jan Gehler Scholarship’

Scottsdale residents Bob and Marty Christopher have established “The Jan Gehler Scholarship,” an annual $5,000 award to further the education of deserving students at Scottsdale Community College.

Jan Gehler, Ed.D, joined SCC as president in 2008, when she replaced Art DeCabooter, who retired after 30 years at the helm of the college. The Christophers cited Dr. Gehler’s leadership among the reasons for establishing the new scholarship.

Bob and Marty Christopher (submitted photo)

Bob and Marty Christopher (submitted photo)

“We are fortunate to be able to share some work with a very professional woman, who is highly intelligent, a proficient leader and administrator and, above all, is a person with a high quotient of class,” said Bob Christopher in a press release.

With this new $5,000 annual gift from the Christophers, their giving to the college increases to $20,000 per year.

Since 2001, the Christophers have given $15,000 per year toward three scholarships named in honor of faculty members Sandra Desjardins, Robert Mugford and Beth Ells. Each scholarship awards $5,000 per year to deserving students.

The Christophers’ relationship with SCC began when they moved to Arizona in the late 1990s and became acquainted with Mr. DeCabooter. Eventually, they began taking classes and developed close relationships with faculty, particularly Ms. Desjardins, who encouraged Bob to publish his first book, a memoir titled “Believe in God and Get Ahead, A Grandmother’s Advice.”

“I want you to know this is done to further the education of a deserving student and, in parallel, pay a humble tribute to a dedicated leader of SCC,” said Bob Christopher in the release.

“I could not be more proud, humbled and grateful for this recognition by Bob and Marty Christopher, who are not only delightful on every measure, but also generous and always willing to help those who are deserving to receive an education,” said Dr. Gehler in the release.

Dr. Gehler and a small committee of SCC faculty will select two scholarship recipients each year to receive $2,500 each.

The scholarship will be a lasting legacy, thanks to the Christophers’ planned giving arrangement to establish it in perpetuity through their will, the release stated.

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