Simpson using gifts to help study abroad efforts

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Simpson College says a $1 million bequest by a history professor who died earlier this year will be used to help students study abroad.

The Indianola-based private college says an estate gift from emeritus history professor Joseph Walt would fund an academic endowment for student study abroad scholarships.

Walt, who died in January at age 88, left $1 million to the college’s endowment to use as the institution wished.

College officials thought the study abroad endowment was the best way to honor Walt, and Simpson’s Board of Trustees supported the decision.

Simpson has about 2,000 full and part-time students. Its main campus is in Indianola and it also has branches in West Des Moines and Ankeny.

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