For David Koehler, Sr., education was a passionate subject. Raised in Evansville, David graduated from the old downtown Central High School and attended the University of Evansville. After college, David landed back at Central, where he taught government and social studies for 31 years, devoting his life’s work to education, government, and public service.
His wife, Peggy, spoke of his passion for education, noting that “teaching wasn’t just an occupation to David, but an opportunity to grow young minds and help educate leaders for the future.” After David’s death, his family established the David A. Koehler Sr. Memorial Scholarship to honor his commitment to Central High School and his dedication to service-oriented high school seniors – those leaders of the future he worked so hard to educate.
The generosity of Peggy and their children in honoring David is shared by many of the donors who have established scholarship funds with the Vanderburgh Community Foundation. Helping young people pursue their goals is at the core of these efforts, allowing families to impact causes they care about for generations.