Glenna Brewold '61 still has a receipt from her father's college tuition showing a grand total of eleven dollars. As Glenna smiles at the memory, it's clear he left her with far more than a sales total?he left her a legacy. Sisters Glenna and Patty Brewold (Watkins) come from a long line of teachers, and Glenna was a teacher for thirty-six years.
"My grandparents emigrated from Norway in 1902, and three of their six children attended Southern," she recalls. "Of the nineteen people in our family who have gone to college, ten have attended or graduated from here. All of the local grandchildren have attended Southern, as well!"
In 2005, Glenna decided to extend her teaching legacy to new generations of students, establishing the Brewold- Teigen Scholarship for students working toward their teaching degrees.
For scholarship recipient Larry Wilhite, it was encouraging to qualify for such a scholarship. Larry previously worked in the building trades, but after marrying and raising a family, he decided to pursue his dream?a dream that, for him, started just after high school through his practicum experience in special education classrooms.
Immediately drawn to the education field, Larry started working toward his degree in psychology, but his young family took precedence, and he finished with a bachelor's degree. Now that his children are grown, Larry is working toward his MA in teaching and will graduate in 2010. Currently, he is student teaching at Hedrick Elementary. "They are wonderful kids," he says. "I am focusing on mathematics because there is a huge need for good math teachers, but I am also working toward my reading endorsement."
For Glenna and her sister, Patty, the Brewold-Teigen Scholarship is about far more than just financial support. In honor of their father, who passed away in 2004, Patty says, "Endowing the scholarship was something Dad had wanted, and we are honoring his wishes."
When Larry met the Brewolds, he met them with a smile, and said, "To both of you, I am so thankful. That anyone would be concerned enough to help me with my education is just fantastic." Following in their father's footsteps, the Brewolds are enabling future educators like Larry to leave a legacy of their own.