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Alum Makes $860,000 Donation to Peru State College Owen Zook Estate Marks Largest Single Gift Donation in PSC History


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College Alum Owen Zook, class of 1927, has gifted his alma mater $860,000 of his estate, the largest single donation made in history to the PSC Foundation.


Zook passed away in 2010 in Eugene, Ore., at the age of 106 after a life-long career as an educator. He earned numerous degrees, including a Bachelor’s degree and professional teaching certificate from PSC. He also earned Master’s degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Michigan.


PSC President Dr. Dan Hanson said Zook’s gift is a testament to the college’s founding principle of individualized education focused on student success.


“Our focus on each of our students as individuals has made the college what it is today - a respected center for engagement, inquiry, discovery and innovation,” Hanson said. “The time Mr. Zook spent at Peru State College clearly had a tremendous impact on his life for him to remember us in this way. His Bobcat pride never wavered, and his generous gift will ensure that future generations of PSC students have an opportunity to achieve greatness.”


The PSC Foundation exists to support the college and its students by helping to provide the resources needed to ensure student achievement. With an endowment of $10 million, the Foundation provides around $400,000 annually for scholarships, grants and educational programs.