Seven students from the University of Wyoming at Casper (UW-Casper) showed their appreciation for a generous scholarship at a recent luncheon. As recipients of Myra Fox Skelton Foundation scholarships, the students expressed their gratitude to the foundation for allowing them to pursue their education while participating in their children’s lives and serving their community.
The 2014-2015 Myra Fox Skelton scholars are elementary education major Tara Paris; English major Shannon Taylor; journalism major Rachael Moen; psychology major Angela Grubb; social sciences major Cathryn Christie; and social work majors Brandy Smouse and Katelyn Taft.
Skelton scholarships are awarded annually to single parents who achieve academic success at UW-Casper, and participate in community service activities. The monthly awards allowed students to reduce workloads, giving them time to study and spend with their children.
During the luncheon, students stood to describe how the scholarship helped them to continue their education. Through tears of gratitude, they told how they could watch their children grow, inspire their children toward their own academic success, and support their children’s needs while seeking a degree to make a better life.
Myra Fox Skelton, the benefactor of the funds, dedicated her life to church, education, and charity. She was elected superintendent of schools in Hot Springs County at age 23, the youngest person to ever hold that office in Wyoming. Upon her death in 1986, Skelton’s estate was entrusted to the foundation for annual distribution toward the causes to which she felt endeared.