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ETHS gets $2.2 million bequest

The Evanston Township High School District 202 Educational Foundation has received a $2.2 million bequest from the estate of alumna Annie MacDonald Gunn Bond, ETHS Class of 1942.

In her will, Bond directed that the bequest be used to establish “The Margaret Gunn Scholarship Endowment” to award nursing scholarships in memory of her sister, Margaret Gunn, ETHS Class of 1945.

Foundation Chair Erika Erhart says the gift is “our first major bequest from a grateful ETHS alumna.”

She called it “a great example of a public-private partnership to benefit ETHS students.”

Erhart said the gift “will help augment the Health Sciences rotation program by encouraging students to go into nursing, a rewarding profession that’s highly in demand. ETHS is very grateful to Annie Bond for remembering her alma mater in her estate plans, and we look forward to working with more alums to increase opportunities for ETHS students in the future.”


The Evanston Township High School District 202 Educational Foundation has received a $2.2 million bequest from the estate of alumna Annie MacDonald Gunn Bond, ETHS Class of 1942.

In her will, Bond directed that the bequest be used to establish “The Margaret Gunn Scholarship Endowment” to award nursing scholarships in memory of her sister, Margaret Gunn, ETHS Class of 1945.

Foundation Chair Erika Erhart says the gift is “our first major bequest from a grateful ETHS alumna.”

She called it “a great example of a public-private partnership to benefit ETHS students.”

Erhart said the gift “will help augment the Health Sciences rotation program by encouraging students to go into nursing, a rewarding profession that’s highly in demand. ETHS is very grateful to Annie Bond for remembering her alma mater in her estate plans, and we look forward to working with more alums to increase opportunities for ETHS students in the future.”

For 20 years, ETHS has offered the Health Sciences Rotation program that provides an overview for students interested in a wide range of healthcare careers.

Through the rotation and its sequel practicum course, students move through various departments at Evanston Hospital and other area health care facilities to study all aspects of the human body, what careers are available in the medical field, and what skills and educational preparation are needed to be successful in health-related careers.

In addition, juniors and seniors who successfully complete the rotation course have the option of participating in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program that is offered in the summer, free of charge, in conjunction with the Presbyterian Homes.

Many college-based nursing programs now require students to hold CNA certification. Currently, 33 students are enrolled in the rotation course and six students earned their CNA certification this past summer.

Shelley Gates, chair of the applied sciences/technologies program at the school said, “Every year, many students enroll in our Health Sciences Rotation course specifically because of their desire to pursue a career in nursing. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide scholarships to these and other ETHS students as they pursue nursing-related post-secondary education.”

For more information about making a bequest to ETHS, contact Fran Caan, ETHS Director of Development, at 847-424-7157.

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