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Scholarship will honor woman’s “keen interest” in Bethel College

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Vera Graber McGlynn loved Bethel College.

Although she did not graduate from college, Bethel was the only one she attended, from 1949-51. McGlynn spent her career as an adjuster for St. Paul Insurance Agency in Wichita.

“She always had a keen interest in Bethel and her Mennonite heritage,” said her brother Harlan “Cot” Graber of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “She would often send me newspaper clippings of Bethel happenings. She loved to go to Bethel College Fall Festival and meet old Bethel friends there.”

McGlynn died in Wichita on Dec. 4, 2003, at the age of 71. Her husband, Bill McGlynn, whom she married in 1961, died in 1978. She was born in Newton but she and her three brothers—in addition to Cot, there are Allen and Don, both of Wichita—grew up in Kingman and the Zion Mennonite Church there, and graduated from Kingman High School.

Cot Graber is a 1957 graduate of Bethel College. Don Graber attended Bethel in the late ’40s. Their father, Bernard Graber, attended Bethel Academy in the early 1920s.

The new academic scholarship, to be called the Vera Graber McGlynn Scholarship, will be an award of $1,800. Priority qualifications include Kingman High School graduates, members of Kingman Mennonite Church (Graber was a member there at the time of her death) and a ranking in the top 25% of the graduating class. Pretty Prairie High School graduates may also be eligible.

“With her interest—as well as mine—in Bethel’s future, I thought it would be a good use of the money I received from Vera’s estate to establish a scholarship to encourage Kingman High School graduates, particularly Mennonites, to attend Bethel,” Cot Graber said.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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