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St. Ursula Academy Alumna Gives Back
Posted 12/02/2015 11:00AM

St. Ursula Academy announces $525,000 Bequest from Former Chemist and Alumna, Helen M. Rosenberger

Date of Release: December 1, 2015

St. Ursula Academy has announced the receipt of a $525,000 bequest from the estate of former Chemist and Alumna, Helen M. Rosenberger who died on January 10, 2015. Per the donor's request, a portion of the bequest will be utilized for the perpetuation of St. Ursula Academy's science department.

"This is a significant gift for St. Ursula Academy," states President Mary Werner. "This incredible act of generosity will provide our nationally recognized Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program with resources to continue SUA's strong science program. In addition, this bequest will provide additional scholarship funds for our most deserving students. The gift also reflects the confidence Ms. Rosenberger felt in St. Ursula Academy and the role that an Ursuline education plays in preparing our future leaders."

Helen M. Rosenberger was born in Toledo, Ohio and resided in Rockton, Illinois. She graduated from St. Ursula Academy in 1941. She received her undergraduate degree from Mary Manse College and her graduate degree from Northwestern University. Ms. Rosenberger was employed for 38 years in the Research Department of A.B. Dick Co., as a chemist. Her interest in chemistry was sparked during her years at St. Ursula Academy. Although in the 1940's women were not widely accepted in the field of science, much less encouraged to specialize in chemistry, the gender disparity in her chosen field did not hold her back nor did it discourage her from following her dreams.

St. Ursula Academy, grades 6-12, is Toledo's oldest, all-female, Catholic college preparatory high school, and has been educating young women of today for tomorrow since 1854. The mission of St. Ursula Academy is to educate young women to develop their spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional well-being in light of the values found in the Gospel and reflected in the life of St. Angela Merici, the foundress of the Ursuline Order.

For more information regarding this release or about St. Ursula Academy please contact Heather Pierson at 419-329-2264 or or visit SUA's website at

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