David Ghere was passionate about helping students from all different backgrounds learn and supporting their ambitions into professional life. For two decades, he taught history at the University of Minnesota General College and later the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning where he was a champion of and mentor to underserved students. He was a natural teacher and loved his work. One of his greatest joys was teaching using simulations that he created to help students understand and challenge historical concepts.
Dave was a strong supporter of the TRIO program. He was drawn to TRIO's mission at the University of Minnesota. Soon after joining the university, he reached out to the TRIO Program to find ways to collaborate and supported the program throughout his career. He was also a mentor to McNair Scholars and worked with students on their research projects. Having been a first-generation college student, he took great joy in partnering with these programs and assisting others through their journey.
When Dave passed away in 2010, his colleague Jeanne Higbee started a fund in his memory. Today, thanks to additional gifts from his family and friends, the David Ghere Memorial Scholarship supports students in the TRIO McNair Scholars program. The scholarship aligns with who Dave was throughout his life and is a continuation of his work to support U of M's promising McNair Scholars to be successful in college and beyond.