Scholarship honors Billie Stong

(08-01-2011)

The Adams State archives include the name of the first student to receive a master's degree from the college. In 1945, Francis "Billie" (Chisholm) Stong earned her graduate degree. A mother of ten, five of whom also received degrees at Adams State, Stong taught third grade in Alamosa for over 25 years.

Photo courtesy of Stong family. Billie Stong received her master's degree on August 25, 1945.

Her family recently established a scholarship in her honor and memory for San Luis Valley graduates majoring in education. The first recipient will receive the $1000 award for the 2012-2013 academic year. Dave Stong '81, said his mother's compassion about all people and her caring attitude followed her in her career and home life. "I miss my mom every day."

The Stong family teaching tradition continues with Billie's daughters, Patty Relyea '71, '72, and Margaret Stong '77 '89, and her grandchildren, Sarah Ramirez '04, and Matthew Relyea '04 '06, all choosing a career in education in the San Luis Valley.

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