Faustine and Ted Settle share a passion for education and lifelong learning. Faustine began her college career at the University of New Mexico, and over the years, encountered many obstacles to completing her degree. Fueled by her commitment to achieve her goal, Faustine persevered through six institutions and ultimately obtained her degree in psychology and art from the Western Illinois University. In her professional career, Faustine was a potter and weaver, co-owned a consignment clothing shop, worked as a teacher for adults with special needs, and was a medical massage therapist and instructor.
Ted was inspired by his mother’s commitment to education, as evidenced by her leaving home and working as a nanny while finishing her last two years of high school and then completing her LPN degree after her children were grown. Ted completed his undergraduate degree in math at Iowa State University, obtained his MBA at Harvard University, and ultimately graduated from the University of Michigan with a PhD in higher education administration. Ted’s motivation to nurture personnel development, facilitate community engagement and economic development, and promote continuing education, was a thread throughout his professional career that was divided between the private sector, government, and institutions of higher education including Tuskegee University, the Illinois State Board of Education, and Virginia Tech.
Throughout their profession and into retirement, Faustine and Ted’s passion for lifelong learning continues to thrive. Whether learning new technology, volunteering with the community, or attending lectures on the Colorado State University campus, they actively seek opportunities for intellectual growth and engagement.
The Harvesting Opportunity and Potential in Education (HOPE) scholarship allows Faustine and Ted to blend their love of learning with a commitment to helping those in need.