Emma Schlemper Scholarship in Teacher Education

This scholarship was established in honor of the donor’s mother, Emma Emilie Halbach Schlemper. Emma Schlemper was born July 6, 1891 in west St. Louis County in the little community of farmers called Hollow. After finishing the 8th grade, she moved to Gray Summit and worked in the home of a Mr. Borberg, the Superintendent of Schools. While there she prepared for the two-day school teacher certification tests. She traveled to Union, Missouri to take the test and completed it in one day. She taught for three years at Port Royal and at the Tavern Creek School near St. Albans. While teaching at Port Royal she earned $35.00 per month. While teaching at St. Albans she earned $45.00 per month and was charged $10.00 per month for room and board. She taught grades one through eight and had to clean both schools as well. She and her husband, Charlie Schlemper, were married in 1912. They raised their family and farmed 80 acres in St. Louis County. Emma died on February 18, 2001 at the age of 109 years, seven months, and twelve days.

Scholarship Criteria

  1. Recipients will be incoming freshmen in an undergraduate teacher education program.
  2. Candidates must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need.