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Changing the World through Education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world " (Nelson Mandela). David Hastings knows this. He learned it from his mother, Marguerite Hastings.

Marquerite HastingsMarguerite knew a little something about the world – and about life lessons. Living in a Nazi-occupied area of France during World War II, she learned early that fear was a part of life. Gestapo only meant death to their captives and leaving the country was her only option for a life without grief and uncertainty. So, in 1947, Marguerite came to America with her husband, Charles, to start a family and live free.

Because she was needed in the family restaurant, Marguerite never achieved her educational goals. At age 16, she began working and had to quit school. She did not want the same fate for her children. "My mom was always encouraging me to learn more about things that interested me. She was always clipping articles and finding jobs in the classifieds that fit my interests, " David recalls. "She was nothing but encouraging and sent the message that education was a critical part of our success. "

David took his mother’s guidance to heart and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University. "I realized my options were limited in agriculture at the time, and I wanted to expand my opportunities to earn a good living with enough flexibility to allow me to stay close to the family farm, " he said. I found out along the way that I really liked computers and the problem solving that came along with them, so I came back to college at Marion Tech to earn a degree in Information-technologies. "

Hastings achieved his educational success and is doing what he loves as a Quality Engineer at Exact Holding North America, Inc. out of Columbus. He thanks his mother indirectly for this and wanted to keep her name and her memory alive through education.

David HastingsDavid has set up a $10,000 endowed fund that will allow business, information technology, and accounting students the opportunity to receive scholarship money in Marguerite’s name. David’s goal for the scholarship reflects his mother’s view of education he wants to assist students with their dream of achieving a college degree.

As for Marguerite, her life had a happy ending; she got to see the success of her children and she also got to reunite with cousins that she had left behind in France during the war.

She did use the power of education to change the world – and she did it through her children.

To give to and learn more about the Marguerite Hastings Fund, or how to start your own, visit

Make your mother proud and begin your educational goals today by visiting or calling 740.389.4636.


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