Stanley Lipien and James Mailander were both fathers, husbands, and hardworking men that were passionate about their beliefs in education and lifelong learning. Although both men had different upbringings, they shared and instilled the belief that through education and dedication, success is not granted, but earned. These core values of education and dedication were passed down to their children and are the driving forces for the establishment of the Stanley Lipien and James Mailander Family Scholarship. Stanley was a Polish immigrant that came to the US late in life and quickly made Chicago his home in the fall of 1964. He was a talented and successful designer and machinist at Joanna Western Mills Co. Stanley eventually used his talents to open a small business that catered to the same industry on the south side of Chicago. Stanley passed in 2006.Jim was a bowling industry veteran and had one of the most extensive portfolios in his 37 years in the bowling business. He got into the business in 1968 with a stint with Brunswick. From there, he also worked for Eastern Bowling, AMF Bowling, Champions Bowling Products, and Faball USA before joining Dexter in 2000 where he was vice president. Jim passed in 2005. Both men would be proud to see hardworking NIU students leveraging the generosity of others for their education, so that one day they too could give back.