Mount Mary alumna bequeaths $1.4 million to university

Mount Mary University has received a legacy gift of $1.4 million from alumna Joan Hetzel Iraneta, who graduated from the school in 1956 with degrees in English and art.

Hetzel Iraneta previously earmarked $2 million in her estate plan to create the August and Adella Hetzel endowed scholarship fund for Mount Mary students demonstrating financial need. The fund is named after her parents.

Hetzel Iraneta died in February 2013. While studying at Mount Mary, she explored her interest in poetry and writing, serving as an editor and contributor to the “Quarterly,” a literary publication of creative writing clips submitted by faculty and students.

“The Hetzel endowed scholarship will provide ongoing educational opportunities so important to Mount Mary’s mission,” said university president Eileen Schwalbach, Ph.D. “With over 90 percent of all freshman receiving financial support through scholarships, this legacy gift will serve students for years to come.”

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