Jean Karen Gallup Endowed Scholarship

December 11, 2013

While Lydia Moss Bradley was the first person to shape this institution, she was by no means the last. Throughout Bradley’s history, many individuals have made important contributions to the University by helping to build facilities, enhancing academic programs, or by providing scholarship support in memory of others.

Everett Gallup, a graduate of Bradley, and his wife, Wilna, made an important contribution to the University by establishing an endowed scholarship in 1994 in memory of their daughter, Jean, and by providing an estate gift to fund the endowment in perpetuity.

Both Everett and Jean were committed to furthering their own education and the education of others. Everett attended night and summer school classes at Bradley while he taught eight grades in a one-room school in rural Peoria County. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1941. He also served as a teacher and school principal in Peoria County village and city schools and received his Master of Science degree in Public School Administration from the University of Illinois while working full-time. He also taught industrial engineering classes at Bradley during this time.

Jean graduated cum laude from Bradley in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science. She majored in French, Spanish and education. After completing her graduate degree and teaching Spanish at the University of Connecticut, she returned to her hometown of OFallon, Missouri to teach French and Spanish at a junior high school. She was later a teaching assistant in French at the University of Missouri where she received her Master of Arts degree in 1971 and continued her doctoral studies in French. Prior to her unexpected and untimely death in 1994, Jean also served as assistant registrar at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri and later, worked for Waldenbooks which gave her an opportunity to use her extensive knowledge and life-long interest in books. A woman with a clever and original sense of humor and quick wit, Jean enjoyed theatre, an interest that began while she was a freshman at Bradley. She also was passionate about opera and often traveled to hear her favorite tenors perform in person.

While Everett’s first love was teaching, his career took him into industry for 19 years. His first position was with Peoria-based R.G. Letourneau, Inc. in the 1940s where his expertise focused on time and motion studies to improve methods and organizational structures. Everett was, in fact, teaching workers to be more efficient and effective. After working as an industrial engineer for several years, Everett became the plant manager for Reynolds Metals Co. in Louisville, Kentucky in 1951 where he successfully mediated a labor dispute during his tenure. He later served as Vice President and General Manager of a division of Black, Sivals and Bryson in Blytheville, Arkansas.

In the ’60s, Everett and Wilna purchased a franchise from Gamble-Skogmo, Inc. Their family operated the Gamble General Store in O’Fallon, Missouri, until 1977. At that time, Everett was recruited by the State of Missouri as a fuel allocation administrator, becoming Assistant Director of Energy Conservation. He retired in 1978.

In retirement, Everett became an investor and financial advisor to friends and family. He traveled widely, and never lost his love of learning and teaching. He knew how important education is to a person’s life and was pleased when he and his wife were able to honor the memory of their daughter by establishing an endowed scholarship which provides an education for students at Bradley.

Thanks to the Jean Karen Gallup Endowed Scholarship, each year several junior and senior language and education majors who have significant financial needs are able to achieve their educational dreams and continue their love of learning like Everett and Jean.