Adel ed majors awarded Opal Strassburg memorial scholarships

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Attending Friday's Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter scholarship award ceremony were, from left, Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter Scholarship Committee members Florence Heck of Perry and JoAnn Harmelink of Perry, Maureen Becker of Perry, scholarship recipient and education major Mallory Schultze of Adel and Don Strassburg of Perry, who funded this year's scholarships in honor of his wife, Opal Strassburg, a longtime teacher in the Perry Community School District. Scholarship recipient Madison Gavin of Adel was unable to attend the ceremony.

The scholarship committee of the Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society of women educators, granted two scholarships Friday in honor of longtime Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter member Opal Strassburg of Perry.

Two education majors from Adel were chosen to receive the annual scholarships, funded this year by Don Strassburg of Perry in memory of his late wife, who taught 33 years in the Perry Community School District.

Strassburg was joined at a brief ceremony at the Perry Public Library Friday afternoon by Nu Alpha Gamma Scholarship Committee members Florence Heck, JoAnn Harmelink and Maureen Becker.

Mallory Schultze of Adel was awarded one of the $500 scholarships. Schultze is an elementary education major at Iowa State University. She will begin her senior year in the fall.

Madison Gavin of Adel received the second $500 scholarship. Gavin in studying elementary education at the University of Northern Iowa and will also start her senior year in September.

Opal Strassburg of Perry taught 33 years in the Perry school system.
Opal Strassburg of Perry taught 33 years in the Perry school system.

Opal Strassburg taught at Roosevelt Elementary School in Perry before moving to the Perry Junior High School, where she taught sixth grade and seventh grade science for many years . She died in 2015.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes education throughout the world. To qualify for a scholarship from the Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter of Dallas County, a student must have graduated from a high school in Dallas County and be a junior or senior in college and studying for a degree in education.

After three years as a working professional, teachers are invited to join the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

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