Leading Women at Champlain: Mary Sigler

Leading Women, an exhibition on view in Miller Information Commons through April 15, celebrates the achievements of nine women who played essential roles in the development and administration of Champlain College. Among those featured is Mary J. Sigler, Esq. (1947-1996):

Mary J. Sigler, Esq., c. 1988, Champlain College Special Collections

A native of Indiana, Sigler never forgot the impact of the financial aid that enabled her to attend Huntington College in Huntington, Indiana. She went on to earn a Master’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a law degree from St. Louis University. After practicing law in Oklahoma City, she taught business law at Champlain College. In 1993, after receiving a diagnosis of terminal breast cancer, she founded the Mary J. Sigler Scholarship Fund and donated a portion of her life insurance to the fund. Her colleagues followed suit, creating the Champlain College Scholarship Fund in her honor. Since then many Champlain students have benefited from her legacy.

More information about the Mary J. Sigler Scholarship Fund and the Champlain College Scholarship Fund may be found here.

-Erica Donnis, Special Collections Director