John Schuldt and Mary Moore Make $100k Gift to Building the Dream


SCC Executive Director for Institutional Advancement Becky Rump tells the story of when she and retired president of Fort Madison’s Burrows Paper Corporation, Packaging Division, John Schuldt were seated around his dining room table when he pledged a gift to SCC’s Building the Dream campaign.

“John asked, ‘how about $100,000?’ My mouth fell open. ‘Really? Just like that?’” Becky remembers.

Rump says that the College hadn’t even officially launched the campaign.

John’s offer came just as his wife of more than 30 years and Rump’s former high school literature teacher, Mary Moore, got up to take Southeastern Community College president Dr. Michael Ash on a tour of their home and their wildlife art collection, some of which they were considering gifting to SCC’s permanent art collection.

John added, “Becky, you know how much we believe in the community college. And, with Mary on the SCC Foundation Board, we’ve decided we want to make a significant gift. Will that amount help?”

Rump says that from a fundraiser’s perspective, conversations like that warm the soul. It means even more when those words come from friends and long-time college supporters. Although a Milwaukee native, John had adopted SCC after he and his family moved to Southeast Iowa in the early 1970’s. A brilliant business man with a vision for regional growth and development, Rump first met him when his company participated in job training programs with SCC. Mary, an SCC alumnus, a retired Fort Madison High School educator and an active member of several non-profits, was raised on a farm outside Danville.

Together, John and Mary epitomize philanthropy; they had already helped her aunt and uncle, Edyth and Clem Bresch, establish three separate SCC scholarships for students studying sciences and health careers, and Mary helped create the local Potowonok Circle scholarship.  

“We prefer the College’s model of teaching people how to fish, rather than just giving them some fish,” added Mary.  

This November, John and Mary made good on their promise by paying their pledge in full. A classroom will be named in their honor at the building’s ribbon cutting next August.  This $100,000 gift brings the Building the Dream campaign to within 75% of its goal.

John and Mary also serve as honorary co-chairs of Southeastern Community College’s $12 million Building the Dream campaign.

“We hope our contribution inspires others to make a year-end gift,” says John.

To learn more about the campaign and how to make a contribution of any size, contact Becky Rump, Building the Dream campaign coordinator at (319) 208-5065 or at

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