Gladys Pitcher Greer Memorial Endowed Award in Education
The Gladys Pitcher Greer Memorial Endowed Award in Education was established by Eleanor Greer Phillips in honor of her mother. Mrs. Greer began her pursuit of higher education at Franklin College in 1922 and became a teacher in Johnson County. When she left the classroom to raise a family, she did not give up her love of education. She supported her husband who served as principal in several communities, including Trafalgar, Indiana, welcoming students into her home and serving as a role model for her family and community. Eleanor Phillips appreciated the way in which her mother supported others and made sacrifices to ensure that others' needs were met. To honor the example of Gladys Pitcher Greer, Mrs. Phillips established this award to recognize students, pursuing a career as an educator, who demonstrate those valuable traits of her mother -- the student who works behind the scenes, puts others' interests before his or her own and has a passion for education. Recipients should not feel obligated to "pay back" this award but are encouraged to help others pursuing an education.
The recipients must be full-time students at Franklin College pursuing a degree in education (elementary or secondary). First preference for the award will be given to a sophomore or junior student from a rural community. Selection of the award will be made by the Education Department in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid.