On August 15, 2002, Scott Hanan and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. As gifts to each other, we created lists, “Things I Want to do Before I Die.”
Scott’s list of 72 goals was sprinkled with the obvious—be 100% debt free ,drive a car on a super speedway, learn to fly fish. There were also a few that surprised me—take three college-level history courses for fun, read the Federalist Papers. There are items on the list he accomplished—build part of an addition to our house. And unfortunately, many he did not, including number 16—Put someone, other than our kids, through college.
Scott died in 2005 and over the past five years I have come back to the list. For all the goals and dreams, number sixteen has always tugged at my heart with the most force, perhaps because it is something that Scott’s spirit can still accomplish—with just a little help.
The Scott Hanan Memorial Scholarship Fund
Checks should be made out to: Auburn School District
please write “Scott Hanan Memorial Scholarship” on the memo line and mail to:
Auburn Community Scholarship Coordinator
Auburn High School
800 Fourth St NE
Auburn, WA 98002
For your reference, the Non-profit 501(c)3 Tax ID # is 916001640. Don’t forget to have your company match your donation!!
On June 30th, 2005, my life took a drastic turn. I believe the lesson to be learned is to balance missing Scott without missing life. Help Scott check number 16 off his list, and in doing so, help a student take a drastic turn, a turn toward the future.