The Thelma Dunn Hansen Scholarship Endowed by Marvin O. Dunn and Peggy Savage Dunn
About Thelma Dunn Hansen
This scholarship is named in honor of Marv's mother, Thelma Dunn Hansen, a lifetime educator and faculty member of the MSU College of Human Ecology (now the Human Development and Family Studies Department, College of Social Science). Thelma was widowed in 1950, when she was 29 years old with a baby and a preschooler. She returned to MSU to earn her Masters degree and began her MSU teaching career at that time. This scholarship is meant to help a student who finds him or herself in a similar situation of earning a degree while parenting and supporting a family.
About Marv and Peggy Savage Dunn
Marv & Peggy both earned teaching certificates from MSU in the 1970s. Marv majored in Interdisciplinary Social Studies and was certified to teach grades 6-12. Later he earned an M.S. in Family Studies from MSU’s College 0f Human Ecology. He used his degrees to teach high school for 30 years in Owosso, MI, mostly teaching U. S History and Psychology. Peggy had a double major in Child Development and Teaching through the Colleges of Human Ecology and Education, and was certified to teach preschool-6th grade, with a ZA Endorsement as a Preschool-3rd grade Specialist. She later earned an M.S. in Child Development from the College of Human Ecology. She taught preschool through second grades for 31 years in Pinckney, MI and Okemos, MI. Throughout their careers both maintained a strong commitment to Public Education and a belief that intervention is most helpful in the early years of a child’s education. They also grew to realize that the best teachers were not necessarily those who had the highest grade point average. Instead, oftentimes it appeared that the teacher who had struggled a bit in school was better able to identify with and help students who were also having difficulties with learning. This scholarship is intended to help that teacher candidate who has not received financial help based on high academic achievement, but who demonstrates creativity, empathy and enthusiasm for teaching as identified by his or her peers, professors, and/or supervising teachers during their junior and senior years.
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