Alice Stielow Wehrung Schmidt '41 Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education Fund
This scholarship is available to students majoring in elementary education. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major, demonstrate financial need by having the upcoming academic year FAFSA on file and be applying the spring semester before they will be student teaching. The scholarship is not renewable. Fall only disbursement.
Alice Stielow Wehrung Schmidt, a lifetime member of the Bufflalo State Alumni Association, received her B.S. in Education from Buffalo State in 1941, a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York in 1947. She also extensively studied music at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and the University of Buffalo. She began her teaching career at a rural school in Amherst, and later in Holland, N.Y., before coming to Kenmore, Town of Tonawanda as a teacher of 6 year olds. In 1954 she was appointed as a curriculum consultant for the system, where she served seven different schools in the Kenmore district. After 33 years, just as she was about to retire, another challenge appeared on the horizon. The University of Buffalo was trying to satisfy a need! There were not enough elementary teachers to fill vacancies. Liberal Arts graduates were without jobs. Result = Alice, after a long conference, agreed to take 12 of these Liberal Arts graduates for a 10 week course and teach them the very basics of elementary school operation. She entitled it “Fun Teaching in Elementary Schools.” Albany agreed to grant the students a temporary certification for one year if they would agree to return and be certified in Elementary Education. All of the participants received jobs and continued to teach. What a joy! The program was repeated and repeated. Mrs. Schmidt wishes to recognize a student annually.