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Amanda Balcom, a University of Nebraska at Kearney senior elementary education major from Kearney, has been awarded the $1,185 Grace Lundeen Frandsen Memorial Scholarship.
In 2003, the family of Grace Lundeen Fandsen created a scholarship fund at UNK in her honor for future teachers. The Frandsen family committed $10,000 to the UNK endowment scholarship fund. The scholarship is designed for upperclass students enrolled in the College of Education. The students have to have been involved in church or community work.
“This scholarship was established to help young people realize their dream of being the kind of teacher who loves and inspires young children, who lives their faith and cherishes their family, all while serving their community,” said Frandsen’s daughter Gloria LeDroit of Kearney.
“The Grace Lundeen Frandsen Memorial Scholarship provides much-needed support for students who are preparing to become tomorrow’s teachers,” said Dr. Marilyn Hadley, dean of the College of Education.
Frandsen earned her teaching degree from the Nebraska State Teachers College (now UNK). Her first job was at the elementary school in Upland. She continued to substitute teach until age 70 and then tutored until she was almost 80.