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Student's Dream of Saint Xavier Education Realized Thanks to Legacy Gift
Shelby Lukasik '09 is living her dream. She is in her third year teaching science at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, a career she aspired to since she was a little girl.
Shelby is also a grateful alumna. "My education has enabled me to grow and develop, while giving me the essential skills necessary for my career as a high school science teacher," she says. Shelby adds that she owes much of her success to Elaine Gallagher.
Elaine was a proud graduate of the Class of 1951. She taught science to seventh- and eighth-graders in the Chicago Public Schools for 40 years. Elaine believed science was an exciting subject and shared her enthusiasm for the world of nature with her students. Elaine also believed that her education at Saint Xavier was instrumental in her success as a teacher. As such, she included a bequest in her will to Saint Xavier so that others could follow in her path. The scholarship established through that bequest, the Elaine Gallagher '51 Science Education Scholarship, was awarded to Shelby her senior year at Saint Xavier.
Elaine quietly made her mark on the world, often without any fanfare. Yet, she used her gifts to make a difference for students. Her legacy continues to impact the world today by assisting future science teachers-such as Shelby-who will go on to shape the next generation.
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