MPS teacher leaves $2M estate gift for Marquette University

Special to The Freeman

June 17, 2014

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University alumna Bernadette Steep bequeathed a $2 million estate gift to Marquette University for endowed scholarship aid, the university announced Tuesday.

The gift, which will be split between Marquette’s College of Education and Law School, is the largest donation in the College of Education’s history, according to a statement. Steep passed away May 4 at age 92.

Steep graduated from Marquette in 1944 with a bachelor of arts degree and in 1967 earned her master of education degree. She started teaching elementary school in 1958, and retired from MPS’ Maple Tree Elementary School in 1987 after nearly 30 years, according to the statement.

“This is a remarkable example of an alumna who dedicated her life to teaching and has now ensured her legacy will continue to live on in classrooms for generations to come,” said Robert A. Wild, interim president.

“Scholarship aid is essential to our pursuit of academic excellence, and we are extremely grateful to Bernadette for her generosity.”

Steep’s gift includes funds first received from the estate of her sister, Mary Ann, who also graduated from Marquette, according to the statement.