The Stuart Family Endowed Scholarship in Education
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About Douglas and Norma Lee Stuart
This endowment is a gift from Douglas and Norma Lee Stuart who attended Michigan State on tuition scholarships as first-generation college students. They met as undergraduates and late married while Douglas was serving on active duty with the Air Force. Both had expected to pursue other careers, but during Douglas’ last year of active duty, Norma Lee was afforded the opportunity to teach fifth grade in a small Upper Peninsula community. This experience marked a turning point in their lives: upon return to civilian life and MSU, Norma Lee completed requirements for a secondary teaching certificate along with her bachelor’s program in journalism while Douglas pursued a master’s program in counseling and student personnel. They subsequently served several years in teaching and administrative assignments at Michigan Technological University before returning to MSU for additional graduate study. Following completion of PhD and MA degrees, they elected to return to Michigan Tech for the balance of their working years.
Though their professional involvement with education has been primarily at the college level, after raising three of their own scholars, they fully appreciate the importance of sound preparation at elementary and secondary levels and hope this scholarship will assist in the development of outstanding teachers who will inspire and prepare their students for both productive citizenship and a lifetime of learning.
This endowment is also in recognition of the charge given to graduates by former President John A. Hannah—to remember that their educational opportunities at MSU were made possible in large measure by many thousands of Michigan citizens who had not had the privilege of attending college and to honor that debt by supporting the University in providing even greater opportunities for succeeding generations.
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