Plan for your passion with purpose

By J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D.

J.D. Rottweiler

Pamela Faye Sanders’ life was dedicated to teaching. Once a Cochise College student, she taught for 35 years at Double Adobe School. When she passed away two years ago, she kept her passion alive by establishing a scholarship for future educators. She did it through planned giving, documented in a trust that legally defined her wishes. Some of her assets established the scholarship fund, and her friends donated in her memory.

Many people who wish to support education or their communities have made similar plans to leave a legacy.

Alexander Black’s passion for fire service led him to establish a fire science scholarship. Benjamin Blom and Virginia Thomas wished to support nurses. Dr. George Spikes, Henry Bollweg, Betty Starysky, Harold Pease and Margaret Kent established general scholarships that help make a Cochise College education accessible.

Cochise College is grateful for the opportunity to help carry out their wishes and joyful each time a scholarship is awarded.

We would be honored to help you keep your passion alive.

“To many people, having money for retirement is not an issue, but having a purposeful retirement is essential,” according to Cochise College Foundation Treasurer Karen Justice.

With planned giving in place, you can impact what is important to you, and it’s easy to do. A gift of cash, appreciated stock, or real estate may allow you to establish a scholarship or support a program. By making the Cochise College Foundation a beneficiary on your retirement account or insurance policy, or making a bequest, your passion is kept alive. Your investment in students is an investment in Cochise County.

Currently, the Cochise College Foundation is looking for donors interested in helping to provide a scholarship to every Cochise County graduating high school senior. Support of aviation students also is a priority as the college implements a new tuition model and also seeks to help pilots complete both flight training and degrees.

If you value your education and want to make a difference by giving back, I ask you to contact the Cochise College Foundation for assistance in the “discovery” phase of your plans. There are many worthy causes at Cochise College and beyond.

In the meantime, here are some questions to consider.

  • Is the Cochise College Foundation among the top three recipients of your charitable donations? Of your beneficiaries?
  • Have you updated your will to reflect your desire to help Cochise College?
  • Have you named the Cochise College Foundation as a beneficiary of your IRA, trust, will, or insurance policy?

Finally, everyone cares about something. What is your passion, and how will you plan for it?

J.D. Rottweiler is president of Cochise College. Contact him at