Lawrence University's liberal arts college and Conservatory of Music is committed to providing a transformational education. Your desire to make a difference and leave a lasting legacy helps strengthen Lawrence's mission. Consider making an impact for students and faculty through a planned gift. These types of charitable arrangements may provide tax and other benefits to you while supporting Lawrence.

Jeff Hawley and Rose Lee

Jeff Hawley '79 and Rose Lee

"In some ways, I could not wait to graduate and get on with my life and experience the "real world" beyond Appleton. But I did not realize the benefits of my education until I began working in business and seeing what good writing skills and critical thinking can mean to one's success.

Fast forward a few years—two marriages, no children, a few job changes and some eventual concrete retirement planning. In 2018, my wife and I put together our living trust and named Lawrence University as one of its beneficiaries. Heck, LU might never see a penny. But when I look back at what brought me here today—Lawrence University played a big part and it felt good to list them in our plan.

And it would be nice to help in some small way to allow folks like my wife, who would have loved to have attended a school like ours, an opportunity to do so."

Which gift is best for you?

Discover the best options to meet your goals. Learn about types of assets that make the best planned gifts, providing you tax benefits and even life income.

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Planning Your Legacy Guide

If you would like to create a plan for your future, or if you need to make updates to an existing estate plan, our Planning Your Legacy guide can help you get started.

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Lisalyn Dresser quote

Lisalyn Jane Dresser, 2022 - Clare Scherf Sweetman Scholarship

"The thing I admire most about Lawrence is the diverse community. You are accepted and treated fairly no matter where you are from. Lawrence does not only teach you what you need to know it also helps you to be independent and prepare you to be successful for the future. I have always wanted to be in this prestigious and diverse university. I will forever be grateful to the Clare Scherf Sweetman Scholarship for helping me reach my dream."

Questions about planned gifts?

Reach out to Laurie Yingling P'20 at 920-832-6843 or