Just when I was tempted to go cynical on the entire world, this happened. A local story worth writing about for the national Clash Daily audience. Kirkwood Community College is based in Cedar Rapids, IA. It’s less than 20 miles from my home. It’s really a great school. I was lucky enough to be given a tour by the V.P. when I ran for office. What they do there is stunning. They teach real-life stuff! They actually want their students to be qualified to get a job after graduation.
On my school tour I saw people learning how to tuck point bricks, run ductwork in a house, rebuild engines, rebuild and program computers, cook a soufflé, manage an entire restaurant or even a hotel. They actually have a working hotel and fully operating kitchen. They have horse facilities, a winery, a truck driving school, a welding school and much, much, more. Oh yeah, they even have an entire working windmill inside a building (without the giant blades) to teach guys how to repair those hideous monstrosities of wind power. Kirkwood is one of the only places in the world training people to fix those eye sores when they break. Anyway, as you can see, I’m a fan. No, I didn’t go to school there. I got a perfectly worthless four year communications degree from the University of Iowa. Go Hawks.
Kirkwood is an overlooked gem in Iowa education and something Eastern Iowa is lucky to have. Here comes the ANONYMOUS part.
Two guys who went to school at Kirkwood and apparently went on to be fairly successful have just set up a scholarship for wounded veterans. They are calling it The Purple Heart Scholarship. Pretty much that is the only requirement to get the money, too. If you have received a Purple Heart from our government for your service to our country and you have a 3.0 GPA from either high school or previous college classes, they will award you free tuition and books for two years of Kirkwood study. The scholarship is also offered to family of the Purple Heart recipient. So if you got a purple heart, your kid can use this scholarship too.
Isn’t that awesome! These two individuals creating this scholarship have supposedly been members of the local community for 37 years, so a lot of people would know them. However, they have chosen to remain ANONYMOUS. That’s right, folks; they don’t want the credit or the pat on the back. They just want to help some wounded vets and their families get a great education. A big, fat, anonymous, thank you for serving and sacrificing some blood for our country.
My father-in-law got a purple heart in Korea. He worked hard every day of his life after getting home. He raised eight kids, one of whom I married. Something like this would have made a huge impact in their life. God bless these two Anonymous saints.
Just when I was getting really cynical about the rottenness or our world, these two guys have ruined my pessimism. There is still greatness in our world. There are still selfless people willing to give without being asked. There are still people who will sacrifice and offer love to people they will never personally know.
This is the real face of ANONYMOUS.
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