Betty Drees Johnson ('59) woke one Saturday morning to learn a man named Far Tuttle from Stetson University was waiting in their living room to talk with her. "We had no phone, so he had driven over to say Stetson was offering me a full-tuition scholarship based on a test I'd taken earlier. That morning changed my life forever. Giving to Stetson is my way of saying thanks and paying it forward."
Charitable Gift Annuity
Jerry and Betty Kruhm (‘57 and ‘59) are both “Double Hatters,” former Board members and retired educators. In addition to generously supporting Stetson annually for 39 years, they wanted to “have some income and leave something for Stetson,” so they took money out of the market to fund five charitable gift annuities with the university over the years. Jerry said, “It‘s been a great option for us.”
Peter Mazzeo ('63) left after his first semester due to a lack of funds. With the help of Dr. George Hood, Peter got a student loan, returned and excelled in biology. He went on to work for the federal government, becoming a renowned author and authoritative expert on North American hardwood trees. Grateful for the wonderful career Stetson gave him, Peter made Stetson the beneficiary of his retirement accounts and his home.