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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 14, 2010

Scholarship created in memory of legendary teacher

Joann Stamm Marion

Joann Stamm Marion taught at Northwest's Horace Mann Laboratory School from 1967 until her retirement in 2005. The JoAnn Marion Memorial Scholarship has been established as a result of memorial contributions in her honor after her unexpected passing last year.

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Friends and family of the late Joann Stamm Marion have come together since her unexpected passing nearly one year ago to honor her work with children and to keep her memory alive.

Marion taught for 44 years, and 37 of those years, from 1967 until her retirement in 2005, were at Horace Mann Laboratory School on the Northwest Missouri State University campus.

The JoAnn Marion Memorial Scholarship was established as a result of memorial contributions in her honor. It was important to Marion's husband, Dr. Marvin Marion, that the scholarship be awarded to a student with an academic background similar to his wife's and someone who has a passion for teaching early elementary school children.

"JoAnn was an average student," Marvin Marion said, "and she had a tremendous focus on making sure her students knew that they could be successful even if they didn't have perfect grades."

This is reflected in the eligibility requirements for the scholarship that state the recipient must be in good academic standing, although their GPA is to be no higher than 2.8.

Furthermore, the award will be made to a senior at Northwest majoring in elementary education who desires to teach first or second grade. The scholarship will be awarded for use during the recipient's student teaching semester. The first award of $500 will be available for the 2010-11 academic year.

In addition to the scholarship, a committee has been formed with the goal of establishing the JoAnn Stamm Marion Fund. The purpose of the fund is to ensure the JoAnn Marion Memorial Scholarship is fully funded so that awards can be made in perpetuity. Additional goals of this fund include providing technology and literature updates to Horace Mann and dedicating a display cabinet in Horace Mann of Marion's personal collection of teaching materials.

For more information contact Andrea Wagner 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
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