The Betty A. Brubaker Family of Heroes Endowment was established to honor Betty and her three military husbands. This family, like many others across our nation, has served, sacrificed and suffered for the common good. Betty’s first husband John Sheets was Killed-In-Action while serving in the Army during the Korean War. Betty was pregnant at the time with their first child (Mary Lou). Her second husband Don Rellinger was an honorably discharged Marine that served during the Korean War as well. Don and Betty had two sons (Jeff and Steve – Navy veteran) and Betty was pregnant with their 3rd child (Tom) when Don was killed in a car accident at 29. Betty’s third husband, Herman Wright, was an honorably discharged WWII veteran. Herman and Betty have a daughter (Ann). This family has been held together by the sheer determination of one courageous woman — and a loyal resolve imparted by each father.
On May 19, 2015, a story was published in the Gladwin County Record & Beaverton Clarion newspaper about John Sheets (Betty Brubaker’s first husband). As recalled by a soldier and friend of John Sheets, read Si Poltorak’s story about his and John’s time in the Korean War.
Who does this scholarship impact?
CMU students that are active duty, National Guard, reserves, honorably discharged veterans, and their respective family members. The scholarship will work to provide financial support to those individuals and family members that have selflessly contributed to the freedom of our nation.
How does this scholarship help?
The goal is to provide financial assistance for individuals completing their CMU degree that also meet the scholarship criteria. Scholarship Details: A honorably discharged veteran, National Guard, reserves, active duty military, and their respective family members that are eligible for one of the following VA educational entitlement programs: chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607. Students also must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate) to be eligible for a scholarship. The amount of the scholarship will be net of any government issued Tuition Assistance.