Eleanor Archer Scholarship

Eleanor Archer Legacy

Eleanor Rebecca Powell Archer was born December 23, 1918 and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from North High School and continued on to Iowa State College receiving her B.S. degree; and her M.A. from Colombia University in New York.
After receiving her M.A, Eleanor taught textiles and clothing at various colleges from Kansas City, Missouri to Albany, Georgia. Later, she was employed by the Des Moines Public School System for 22 years teaching home economics and science at Hiatt and Callahan Middle Schools.
Eleanor’s dedication to others, extended beyond the classroom and into the community as she was involved with various public service organizations. She was an active member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Incorporated; participated in outreach programs with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; and was a devoted member of St. Paul AME Church.
Eleanor had a passion for learning, teaching and pursuing excellence. The Eleanor Archer scholarship was established in 2013 by her family and designed to support students seeking to be educators. Furthermore, the scholarship reflects Eleanor’s enthusiasm and continued commitment to advance students’ education, so they can pay it forward and invest in their communities by becoming teachers.
As a faithful member of Delta Sigma Theta for more than seventy years, the family and sorority are delighted to offer the scholarship to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who aspire to become great teachers such as, Eleanor Archer.
Eleanor was married to Jean Archer and they had two children Yolaine Wade and Jan Archer. Eleanor died in 2013.

Criterion for the Eleanor Archer Scholarship is as follows:

    African American Student
    Resident of Des Moines or surrounding Community
    Attend a University or College
    Sophomore, Junior or Senior status
    Majoring in Education focusing on k-9 or k-12 certification
    Complete the Application
    Two letters of recommendations, one from a Professor and one from either an employer, civic organization or religious institution
    Must maintain a 2.7 or above grade point and provide a transcript with a college or university seal
    A one page narrative that includes a brief bio, a statement and why the scholarship should be awarded to that individual will be required
    Participate in personal interview
    Scholarship is renewable annually contingent upon application and documented proof of progress

For additional information, contact Mrs. Yolaine Wade at 515-988-5354 or ywade17@gmail.com

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