Minter gift

Illinois Wesleyan University President Richard F. Wilson, second from right, accepts a check for $950,000 Wednesday from Larry Clipp, Vice President and Client Advisor for National City Bank of the Midwest, on behalf of the Ellen C. Minter estate.  Minter, who passed away last summer, and her husband were former friends of the University. Also pictured are Martin Smith, left, Vice President for Advancement at IWU, and Anne Bartolo, right, Vice President and Estate Settlement Administrator for National City Bank. IWU photo by Mark Von Brock

IWU receives $950,000 gift from Minter estate

May 4, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-Illinois Wesleyan University has received $950,000 from the estate of Ellen C. Minter, a former friend of the University.

The presentation of this generous gift to Illinois Wesleyan President Richard F. Wilson was made Wednesday, May 3, by Anne Bartolo, Vice President and Estate Settlement Administrator, and Larry Clipp, Vice President and Client Advisor, for National City Bank of the Midwest.

The funds are to be used as endowment for student scholarships.

Minter, who resided at Heritage Manor in Colfax, Ill., died on July 8, 2005.  Her husband George C. Minter preceded her in death in 1969.

Ellen Minter worked as a part-time secretary for former Bloomington attorney Albert H. Hoopes, who died in September 2004.  During his lifetime, Hoopes and his family were also donors to the University.  The Minters were avid Illinois Wesleyan baseball fans and regularly attended home games at IWU's baseball field.

Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181