Beverly Perszyk was born and raised in the United States during the Great Depression. She was the only one of eight siblings not to attend a tertiary institution. She chose instead to start a good job at City Hall on the Monday following her last day at school. While she said she never wanted to go to university, despite family pressure to do so, she often spoke of the transformative effects tertiary education can have. And so, she would have been delighted to support first-in-family students entering tertiary education through the Acorn Foundation Beverly Perszyk Scholarship which was set up in her memory by her son Ken.