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The Patricia E. and Jerry C. Wagner Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education

This scholarship will be given to Honors College student(s) enrolled in a College of Education teacher education program in elementary education.  Recipient(s) shall be selected on the basis of financial need as determined by the federal government according to its policies and procedures.

About Patricia E. and Jerry C. Wagner

This endowed scholarship is a gift from MSU alums Patricia and Jerry Wagner.  Patricia received her MSU degree in elementary education in 1970.  Jerry earned two MSU degrees, his undergraduate degree in political science in 1969 – he was an Honors College student – and, a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations in 1970.  By establishing this endowed scholarship, the Wagner’s desire to provide assistance to students with financial need who have a demonstrated capacity and motivation to achieve their educational and professional goals.

The Patricia E. and Jerry C. Wagner Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education honors the distinguished career of Patricia Wagner.  Since graduating from MSU, Pat taught second and third grades at Lincoln Consolidated School District before moving to Farmington Public Schools in 1973.  At Farmington, Pat taught kindergarten through fifth grade and served in several capacities as an administrator.  She spent well over a decade perfecting a team teaching approach to upper elementary education.  She created a prototype plan that combined the efforts of four to five teachers with different areas of expertise to deliver a high quality upper elementary education.  Not only was the program repeatedly recognized for preparing its charges for the rigors of Middle School, in 1997 Michigan’s governor visited the school to personally deliver the Governor’s Award for Excellence recognizing the team’s outstanding achievements.  During her career with Farmington Public Schools, Pat completed her masters in reading and raised two sons, Michael and David.

Although the donor understands that the University will comply with State and Federal law and cannot grant preference or discriminate on the basis of gender, it is the donors’ hope that this scholarship might provide encouragement for underrepresented populations in the area of elementary education – specifically, male students preparing to teach at the elementary level.