Meet Irene Schulze, Ph.D.

A native of Washington, Mo., Irene Schulze always seems to find herself at the cutting edge of things, working as a microbiologist, researcher, and a university professor. Her career included stops at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and the Public Health Institute for the City of New York. She then moved back to St. Louis, where she enjoyed a 40-year career at St. Louis University.

The knowledgeable experts at the Community Foundation understand philanthropy, estate planning and what it takes to put a charitable program together. They will ensure my wishes are met long after I am gone.

Now, Irene intends to create a permanent, endowed scholarship at the St. Louis Community Foundation to fund the research by the women scientists of tomorrow as they seek to find cures to the viruses that we may not even know of today.

She’s using her IRA to fund the scholarship.


By designating the St. Louis Community Foundation as her IRA beneficiary, proceeds from Irene’s IRA to pass directly to the Community Foundation without being reduced by taxes. That means 100 percent of Irene’s contribution can go toward funding education and research.