The College of DuPage Foundation in partnership with Lucy Schreiber, widow of COD Lifelong Learning instructor John B. Schreiber III, recently established a scholarship for students in COD Continuing Education’s Lifelong Learning program.
The new John B. Schreiber III Lifelong Learning Scholarship Fund will provide up to $600 annually for students participating in the program, which offers a variety of non-credit courses for adults 50 and older.
“We are pleased to honor John’s memory and contributions to the College with this scholarship,” said COD Development Coordinator Susan Fritz of the Office of Institutional Advancement. “John very quickly died of cancer in January 2019 and it was a great loss for the College. This gift means a lot to COD. It will provide a wide range of personal enrichment courses for adults who may not otherwise have had financial capacity.”
With a lifelong passion for history, Schreiber earned his master’s degree in military history from Norwich University, Vermont, in 2006 and went on to teach a variety of historical topics in COD’s Lifelong Learning program. In addition, he also was devoted to Glen Ellyn’s history, serving on the village’s Historic Sites Committee and advocating for the preservation of significant historical properties in the area.
According to COD Program Manager of Continuing Education, Youth Academy and Adult Enrichment Julie Konczyk, Schreiber was a beloved instructor and very popular among his students.
“John was a very active history instructor and member of the Lifelong Learning Advisory Committee, and he was very committed to the Lifelong Learning program,” she said. “His classes attracted a devoted and close-knit following of students. They very fondly remember John and miss him.”
Konczyk added that the Continuing Education program hopes to host an annual lecture in Schreiber’s honor. Led by Schreiber’s friend and fellow CE instructor Marcus Sanghera, the lecture also will serve to fundraise for the scholarship.
Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage offers a broad range of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures designed especially for adults 50 and older, in a wide variety of topic areas. A reduced senior rate applies for participants 55 and over.