Peggy Sherman, D.C.
1982 Davenport Campus
Chiropractic has been a most meaningful part of my life, especially my health life. I practiced chiropractic and taught chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic's West Campus for 20 years, and for most of that time I chose to donate my teaching salary towards a scholarship fund at Palmer's West Campus. It was not financially easy, but I was motivated by my passion for both teaching and helping people stay well with chiropractic. Thus, the Dr. Peggy Sherman Endowed Scholarship fund continues to provide scholarship awards to students at Palmer's West Campus. I just decided to do it, contacted the College in 1986 and the idea evolved.
Establishing the legacy of a scholarship, regardless of its size and amount, has provided meaning in my life that is hard to define. At the time I began the donations, I was mired in student loans and a very high practice overhead. The commitment to something bigger than me helped me to give more to my practice. I believe the reason for my practice success was because of my decision to give back in a way that had deep meaning for me. Although now retired from practice, the practice continues today in San Jose, owned by a West Campus graduate, Dr. Rick Phillips.
One unexpected joy from the process of establishing the scholarship is the letters, phone calls and visits from scholarship recipients. I now live near Yosemite, where hiking and mountains take a lot of my time. Many students have found me here and visited. Since I retired in 1999, a group of dedicated and still practicing Palmer West Campus graduates have visited every November for a goal setting review time. It is always an inspiring weekend.
I simply ask those reading this, "What is your chosen legacy?"