a BOLD milestone

$100 million raised

Ed and Lorna Brett
Class of 1989 and 1985

ISU alumni Ed and Lorna Brett commit $200,000 to ISU programming and scholarship opportunities

Sycamores Helping Sycamores

Indiana State graduates Ed and Lorna Brett have made a gift of $200,000 to the Be So BOLD campaign in support of the Cunningham Memorial Library, the Sycamore men’s basketball team, and the creation of the Lorraine E. Brett Scholarship for students studying mathematics or computer science. Of the Bretts’ gift, $75,000 will be donated to Cunningham Memorial Library, $50,000 will be gifted towards coaching excellence for the men’s Sycamore basketball team, and $75,000 will be endowed for the creation of the Lorraine E. Brett Scholarship. This scholarship will honor Ed Brett’s late mother, Lorraine Brett.

Ed Brett is a graduate of the Scott College of Business, where he earned his master’s in business administration in 1989. Since the beginning of his career, he has worked as a sanitary engineer for the city of Terre Haute and has recently been promoted to the position of assistant city engineer.

Similarly, Lorna Brett graduated from the Scott College of Business, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1985. Since graduating, she has been a dedicated worker at the Hamilton Center for 36 years and has served in roles such as secretary, records manager, and privacy officer.

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It is an honor to give back in Lorraine's name. She always wanted to help someone who needed it. We want this to go to someone who may have been overlooked for other opportunities. We want to help.
Lorna Brett
Class of 1985

The Spirit of Giving

After graduating from ISU with her master’s in library science in 1974, Lorraine Brett worked as a media specialist for the Vigo County School Corporation for over 25 years. During her time in this role, she utilized her skills to create a digital program that tracked the books and DVDs of the various libraries in the school district. Lorraine Brett served her community with innovation and creativity and showed herself to be an exceptional example of what it means to be a Sycamore. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be on a degree path in mathematics or computer science, obtain an overall GPA between 2.0 and 3.0, and demonstrate financial need.

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It's impossible to have such a longstanding tradition of excellence at our university without Sycamores like the Bretts. Ed and Lorna have been joyful givers. Their generosity will be impactful on every corner of campus.
Andrea Angel
VP for University Advancement and CEO of the ISU Foundation

“We hope this makes a difference for someone hesitant to commit to school due to financial restrictions. I’d love to see a recipient get a great education, develop into a young professional, and make a positive impact in honor of my mother,” said Ed Brett. Ed and Lorna Brett’s commitment to ISU embodies the spirit of giving and supporting student success. Because of their gift, more students will be able to continue their education and thrive as professionals.