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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 24, 2009

Scholarship established in honor of longtime Maryville educator

Lorna From

Lorna From

The Lorna From Spirit of Education Scholarship was recently established at Northwest Missouri State University to honor Lorna From who has dedicated most of her adult life to education.

From began her education at Northwest in 1959 before taking an 11-year break to manage her home and care for her three children with her husband, Ron. She graduated from Northwest in 1973 with a degree in elementary education. Following graduation, she taught first- and second-grade reading at Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville for three years before becoming a first-grade teacher, the capacity in which she served until her retirement in 2003. During this time, From also earned her master's in reading from Northwest in 1982. The Froms continue to live in Maryville.

The Lorna From Spirit of Education Scholarship was established through the Northwest Foundation by From's son and daughter -in-law, Jeff and Karen Gould From, both 1987 Northwest graduates.

"To witness her spirit and passion for education, one only has to spend a few minutes talking to her or see the faces of her students and their parents 'light up' as they talk about the time in her classroom," Jeff From said. "She had such an impact on the students, and she continues to do so even after retirement through volunteer tutoring. We wanted to do something special for her so that her spirit and love for education will live forever."

The scholarship, which provides $500 to an undergraduate student majoring in elementary education, will be awarded beginning with the 2009- '10 academic year.

For more information about the Lorna From Spirit of Education Scholarship, contact Andrea Wagner, a development officer with the Northwest Foundation, at or 660 .562 .1248.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468