A new scholarship in honor of the university’s oldest living graduate, Mary Edgett, was created to be awarded to a WestConn elementary education major.
“Mary is one of the most beloved teachers in Danbury,” said Dr. G. Koryoe Anim-Wright, WCSU vice president for Institutional Advancement. “What better way to immortalize her than with a scholarship that supports the work to which she devoted her entire life?”
The scholarship was established in part because of the huge response received after a profile on Edgett was published in the spring 2008 issue of the university’s alumni magazine, AlumniNews.
“Many readers wanted to reconnect with their former teacher,” Anim-Wright said. “That led to talk about forming a scholarship. We think it’s a fitting tribute to her.”
For more than a half century, Edgett fostered a love for education, living and teaching middle school primarily in the Danbury area. Many of those she taught went on to become luminaries in their field.
Mary Edgett Scholarship committee member the late Guido J. Tino, a former student of Edgett’s, donated the first $1,000 to this fund.