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New endowed scholarship at Purdue University Northwest honors Lake Station couple • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Frank and Helen Corback

Lake Station High School students who graduated in 2022 and plan to continue their education, may want to consider Purdue Northwest University.

The College has announced the creation of a new scholarship for the alumni of the Thomas A. Edison Jr. School. Mr. High School in Lake Station. The first scholarship will be awarded this fall in the freshman category.

The Helen and Frank Corback Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. Jorge, Nancy Benavente, and Lillian Gaskell in honor of the Corback Lake Station. The gift honors parents Nancy Benavente and sister Jaskell.

“With this scholarship, we would like to encourage students who graduated from Edison Jr. Sr. High School to continue their education at Purdue Northwest,” said Nancy Benavente. “We would also like to give people who previously graduated from Edison the opportunity to continue their education.”

PNW Chancellor Thomas Keown said the university was grateful for the gift.

“The gift from Benaventes and Mrs. Gaskell will open a world of opportunity for scholarship recipients, many of whom will be first-generation undergraduate students who will benefit greatly from their generosity,” he said.

Helen Corback was one of the first female principals of a high school in Indiana and the first principal at Lake Station. Helen graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in Education and began her career as a teacher.

Over the years, she taught health and safety and English lessons before becoming a guidance counselor. Helen graduated from PNW in 1972 with a master’s degree in educational studies.

“My mother wanted to continue her education,” said Nancy Benavente. “I went back to school, got my master’s degree, and eventually became a school principal.”

Frank Korbach spent 25 years in the Hobart city school system working in the maintenance department.

Two students will be selected to receive the scholarship annually, with the potential to increase the number of beneficiaries as the endowment grows. To be eligible, candidates must be alumni of the Thomas A. Edison Jr. School. Mr. High School, with applicants prioritizing greater financial need. Students can apply for the scholarship through the PNW scholarship website at pnw.edu/scholarships.

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