$80,000 Scholarship Fund Honors Beane Family’s Humanitarianism, Pioneering Spirit

Dr. Ercil and Maxine Beane

Dr. Ercil and Maxine Beane

A new scholarship at Sherman College has been created to honor a couple’s long-time support of the college and assist students who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to serving humanity as a doctor of chiropractic.

The $80,000 Beane Family Scholarship Fund honors the Beane Family of LeGrand, IA, specifically Dr. Ercil and Maxine Beane, long-time supporters of Sherman College, and their children, David, Daniel, Marian, Dr. Evan and Dr. Joel.

“This scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Ercil and Maxine Beane, their love of chiropractic and their pioneering spirit in introducing chiropractic to a global community,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. “Sherman College is proud to honor the family’s commitment to the profession and our shared vision of bringing chiropractic to the world.”

Dr. Ercil Beane was the developer/director of Live Research Clinic Centers and traveled extensively with Maxine to countries in Africa, Asia, Central America and the Middle East, demonstrating and promoting the profession to people who had no knowledge of the chiropractic healing art. Together they recruited and supported young people from those countries to study chiropractic, many of them attending Sherman College.

To recognize their love and support for the college and to honor their humanitarian chiropractic work at home and abroad, the college presented Ercil and Maxine with one of its earliest Honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities Degrees in 1979.

Charles and Amilliah Kenya, D.C.s, now faculty members at Sherman College, say they owe their chiropractic journey to the Beane family. The couple first met Dan and Sarah Beane in 1999 in Kenya, and later, Ercil and Maxine in 2001 during a mission trip to Legrand, IA. “We had never heard about chiropractic,” Charles said. “We received our first chiropractic adjustment from Joel Beane and later from Evan Beane.”

It was Ercil Beane who introduced them to the philosophy of chiropractic. “I do not know of any time I met Dr. Ercil that we ended the conversation without talking chiropractic,” Charles explained. “It was his mission to spread chiropractic to the world. He lived, ate, slept and breathed chiropractic. Be it at the dining table, working in the field or relaxing beside the lake, Dr. Ercil always found a way to include chiropractic philosophy into the discussion. His passion was unsurpassed.”

The Beane Family Scholarship Fund has been established with gifts from Dr. Ercil and Mrs. Maxine Beane and interest on those funds totaling approximately $80,000. Additional gifts from any donor appropriately designated to this Fund, including estate gifts, shall be added to the corpus. As an endowed fund, the principal will remain invested while earnings can be used to award scholarships to students at Sherman. The family requests that recipients of the Beane Family Scholarship be enrolled in Clinic I or above and demonstrate financial need; the scholarship may be renewed.


Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

For more information, please contact:
Karen Rhodes
Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
Phone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242
E-mail: krhodes@sherman.edu
Web: www.sherman.edu