(Silver Valley, ID) Long-time North Idaho resident and educator Betty Ableman had a passion for children and for her community, and her generous heart continues to help others long after her death in 2006 at the age of 80. Under the terms of her will, Ableman's share of her marital estate was earmarked for local causes that include scholarships for North Idaho students and other charitable funds.
During her long career as a math teacher at Kellogg Junior High School and Kellogg High School, Ableman was called "tough," "inspirational," and "deeply caring" by those who sat in her classes. Her expectations of her students were high, and she encouraged many Silver Valley teenagers to pursue higher education. Her legacy will make that dream come true for many more students with the establishment of The Betty Ableman Scholarship Fund, which will be offered through North Idaho College to students from Kootenai and Shoshone Counties who choose to pursue medical studies.
Scholarships have also been made available through the North Idaho Music Teachers Association, for students who have financial need, and through the Shoshone Medical Center Foundation for students who have graduated from a Shoshone County High School and are pursuing or plan to pursue higher education in a health-related field.
The Betty Ableman Scholarship funds are available directly through the charities, and any interested students are encouraged to apply. Information will be made available through local high schools as well.
Additional gifts from the estate have been distributed to the Friends of Head Start, the Genesis Preparatory Academy, Invent Idaho, the Kellogg Booster Club, Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum, On Site for Seniors, Inc., the Shoshone County Emergency Medical Services Corporation, Silver Valley Christian Academy, Silver Valley Seniors, Inc., the Wallace District Mining Museum, the Wallace Public Library and to two private charitable foundations.
Panhandle State Bank Trust and Wealth Management directed the distribution of Betty Ableman's legacy according to her instructions. "This outpouring of generosity is a wonderful testament to a great lady and a life well lived," says Dale Schuman, PSB Senior Vice President for Trust and Wealth Management. "It is an honor to represent her wishes in ways that benefit the community Betty loved."