Students enrolled in the University Honors Program in the 1980s and early 1990s may remember Dick Noreen as the face of the Honors Program.
Honors students were his life. He treated them as he would his own children. His office door was always open for students to stop by for a chat. No matter how busy he was, he always took time to talk to them. Even on weekends he could frequently be found at his desk working and chatting with students who happened to stop by.
Dick could always be counted on to supply a joke. He could find humor in even the most serious occasions. Perhaps this what drew so many students to him? He was extraordinarily generous, frequently taking students to dinner, to shows, giving them rides if needed, and temporary housing if there was an unexpected complication. He even spent large sums of money each year buying birthday cards to send to 100s of Honors students.
The lack of scholarship dollars available to continuing Honors students-those with high GPAs who were active in campus organizations, but not active enough; who had to work and could not be very active; whose families made just that few dollars too much for financial-always concerned Dick. So, to help fill gap, when Dick died in December 1993, he left a portion of his estate to the Dick Noreen Honors Scholarship Fund at NIU.
As Dick hoped, his scholarship has helped students in the all the right ways. One student was able to complete his education and graduate on time, several students have been able to cut back on work hours, and others have been able to lessen the burden of debt for themselves and their families that comes with a college education.
Northern Illinois University has designated the NIU Foundation as the charitable organization to receive and manage all gifts on its behalf.
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