Allen L. and Florence H. Book Endowed Scholarship in Teacher Education
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Recipients will be undergraduate students who have been admitted to the teacher education program in either elementary or secondary education with a major in language arts, English, journalism or communication. Such students must demonstrate high academic achievement, community involvement and a commitment to a career in teaching. Preference is to be given to students from Illinois, southwest Michigan (Van Buren, Berrien, Kalamazoo counties), and out of the state of Michigan. Such scholarships may be renewed for one year if the student remains in good academic standing.
This endowment honors Allan L. and Florence H. Book who were life long residents of Illinois. Originally from Naperville and Oswego, Illinois, respectively, they were married in 1945 and moved from Aurora, IL, to Kankakee, IL with their daughter, Cassandra, for Allan to own and operate the A.L. Book Grain elevator.
An entrepreneur, Allan engaged in many other agricultural ventures including owning and operating an alfalfa dehydrating company in Elwood, IL and the Mentha Plantation in Gobles, MI, and commodity trading as a member of the Chicago Board of Trade. “Big Al,” as he was known, and Flo, sent their daughter to Michigan State University (a good agricultural college) for they were committed to supporting her as a first generation college student in the family.
They were enthusiastic about the university and proud of her accomplishments and academic trajectory which led her to graduate school and eventually to return to MSU in the Department of Communication as the one of the first women hired and tenured in that department and ultimately to the College of Education as assistant and then associate dean of the college. This endowment is to recognize their generosity, their zest for life, and their belief in goodness. As Big Al always said, “Be a booster, not a knocker.” May this scholarship enable students for future generations to engage in their education with a positive belief in themselves and a commitment to give back to others.
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