George Heckmann (1921-1996) and his wife, Helene Behrens Heckmann (1922-2003), established this fund in 1993 in thanksgiving for God’s blessings on their family. George Heckmann served as a geography professor at DMLC from 1962 to 1988. He also directed summer school and special services, once scheduling an up-and-coming entertainer named John Denver for the DMLC stage. George and Helene had four children: Gerald, Ruth, Bruce, and Naomi.
Income from the fund is given to students in educational studies who have financial need.