By providing scholarships to students to attend a college, CTE, trade school, or nursing school, the Schumann Foundation assists students to take courses that will better their own lives, careers, and futures.
Douglas Schumann’s commitment to family, education, and hard work all started in the city of New Orleans. Born on September 10, 1924, the Louisiana native spent his childhood focusing on scholastics and graduated from Tulane University in 1946.
Later, Mr. Schumann decided to discover life outside of Louisiana where he enlisted in the Navy during the second World War and began his career working on battleships. After 38 years of active and reserve service, he retired from the Navy as a Rear Admiral.
After his naval career, Douglas Schumann transitioned to work in the business industry. He worked as an engineer with Ponoma Manufacturing Company in North Carolina, an industrial salesman of the U.S. Rubber Company in New York, as well as careers with American Enra in North Carolina and with Yorkfab. He retired in 1987 from a gourmet food company in New York.
Douglas Schumann married Marie Elizabeth Coughlin in 1948 and spent 51 years together. Mrs. Schumann graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in guidance counseling and enjoyed a 38-year career as a counselor in Brooklyn, New York.
In 1987, they moved to Rio Rancho to enjoy retirement. The couple joined the Kiwanis Club in Rio Rancho, and Mrs. Schumann served as a leader in the community until her passing in 1999. Mr. Schumann served as Lieutenant Governor for Division Two of the Kiwanis Club and remained an active member of the Corrales Club and served as president of the Rio Rancho Kiwanis Club.
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The Schumann Foundation has contributed over $1,001,333.00 in scholarships to 44 different schools across the country.
346 applicants have received financial support from the Schumann Foundation.
In honor of the Schumann Foundation’s 10th year anniversary celebration, I can say I am very grateful to have received support from the foundation. My name is Marrisa Parras and I have received my Bachelors degree in architecture from the University of New Mexico. The Schumann Foundation has been a huge help when it came to my college career. Schumann Foundation helped make my goals achievable with the support and graciousness they have granted me. The Schumann foundation has given me the courage to go forward with my educational career as I am now on the path to receiving my Master degree in architecture. Thank you Schumann Foundation!
At Cal Poly Humboldt, I have been able to thrive in nature while learning interesting and engaging content. Humboldt’s educational model is based on hands-on field experience partnered with lecture and labs. As an example, last Friday I went out on a field trip to the Yurok reservation along the Klamath River. We got to see the restoration efforts that are currently in action along the Klamath as part of the largest dam removal project in history. As Cal Poly Humboldt students, we will be firsthand witnesses of the first return of the fall salmon run in over 100 years. Leaving the state to pursue my passions in wildlife science in Northern California was a dream and was made possible for me by the Schumann foundation scholarship.
My name Is Jose Garcia, and I received the Schumann Foundation Scholarship as well as the Rotary Scholarship. I used the scholarships for my Nursing degree at CNM and even used it towards my BSN, which I will graduate from in 2 weeks from UNM. I am beyond grateful for these organizations and their impact on local communities and their residents. I completed all my education in Rio Rancho, graduated from V. Sue, and now work in the operating room down the street at SRMC. Both organizations have motivated me to give back to my community in my own small way taking care of the population in surgery. I hope these scholarships keep helping homegrown individuals and promote a united community.
Alejandro Gabriel Saldivar
My name is Alejandro Gabriel Saldivar, I graduated from V.Sue Cleveland in 2020. The Schumann Foundation has been nothing short of a blessing. With the struggles of graduating and trying to navigate my first couple years of college through COVID, I found myself struggling immensely. Struggling to the point where I did not keep my UNM scholarship. Wondering how I was going to pay to continue my education, the Schumann Foundation stepped in and helped me through it.