Margaret Read knows the important role education plays in building a stronger community. She was raised in a home that instilled a strong work ethic and understanding that “doing your school work was the most important thing.” She attended Jeffersonville High School, where she met her husband, Edward. Immediately after graduation in 1938, Margaret began working for the school’s administration until she had children.
Once her sons (Greg and Ed) were old enough to attend school, Margaret went back to work and began serving her community. Working as a court reporter for the Clark Circuit Court for nearly her entire career and volunteering for an array of organizations throughout Southern Indiana, she became well known for her willingness to help and her glowing personality.
Continuing the legacy taught to her at a young age, Margaret instilled the same passion for service and education in her sons that was developed in her. Today, and for years to come, Margaret continues to pass the tradition on to the next generation through the E.G. Read and Margaret Read Scholarship Fund. Named for her and her husband, Margaret’s scholarship fund supports students from two schools that are close to her heart – St. Xavier High School where her sons attended and Jeffersonville High School.
In 2014, thanks to the generosity of Margaret Read, the E.G. Read and Margaret Read Scholarship Fund provided scholarships to two students in our community. Each year, her fund and those of other scholarship fund holders at the Community Foundation will help students continue their education.