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A 67-years-old carpenter from Iowa was reportedly able to send 33 strangers to college following his death in 2005.

Dale Schroeder was a carpenter who lived frugally, owning only two pairs of blue jeans, one for work and one for church on Sundays according to reports.

Dale grew up poor, never married or had children and his $3 million estate paid for the college education of 33 Iowans.

After saving up $3 million, Dale Schroeder stet up a fund for students in Iowa who could not afford to pay their tuition fees.

So, shortly before the carpenter, who had never married and never had children, passed away in 2005, he approached his friend and lawyer, Steve Nielsen, to discuss what to do with his life savings.

“He wanted to help kids that were like him that probably wouldn’t have an opportunity to go to college but for his gift,” Nielsen told the station.

Generous carpenter who changed the life of 33 students by paying their school fees

“I said, ‘How much are we talking about, Dale?’ And he said, ‘Oh, just shy of $3 million.’ I nearly fell out of my chair.”

After that discussion the money went to Schroeder’s scholarship fund which benefited future teachers, doctors and therapists fulfill their dreams of continuing to higher education. 

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