Awarded to undergraduate or graduate teacher education students who show financial need and established by Murl J. Grandia in memory of his sister, Thelma R. Grandia (BA ’57).

More about Thelma R. Grandia

Thelma Grandia (BA ’57) was originally from Pella, Iowa and was raised in a family of teachers. After graduating from Pella High School in 1948, she attended Central College for six weeks to earn a certificate allowing her to teach in a one room schoolhouse. She taught in a one room school in Pella for six years, raising enough money so she could attend the University of Iowa to get her BA degree.

Following her graduation from Iowa, Thelma moved to Detroit to begin teaching in the Grosse Point school system, where she taught for 34 years at Poupard Elementary School. Thelma was admired and loved by students, parents, and colleagues. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Oakland University in 1976. Throughout her life, Thelma enjoyed sharing time with family and friends, travel, bridge, golf, reading, dining out, and so much more. She had the remarkable ability of always seeing the glass half full.

Thelma Grandia passed away on June 8, 2010, in Warren, Michigan, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Recent recipients

  • 2015 - Sydney Schreiber
  • 2014 - Sara Watro