Wheaton Family Philanthropy
When Laban Morey died, Eliza Baylies Wheaton cancelled a debt owed to him by the Seminary. Mrs. Wheaton also donated large and small items that enriched the educational experience of Seminary students. The Ober Collection, a natural history collection, and a piano are two such examples. In support of Wheaton Female Seminary's dedication to science, Mrs. Wheaton donated a telescope and an observatory.
Starting in 1880, Wheaton Female Seminary was able to offer six scholarships of one hundred dollars each "for the benefit of young ladies of more than ordinary promise who need pecuniary assistance." The scholarships were made possible through a donation from Mrs. Wheaton.
When Wheaton Female Seminary began its transition into a college, Mrs. Wheaton sold almost half of her property to fund the necessary expansion and improvements. She willed her remaining property, including the Winter Street estate in Boston, to Wheaton Female Seminary. Mrs. Wheaton's estate, which came to the Seminary at her death in 1905, formed the initial endowment for Wheaton College.