First Krei Scholarships Awarded
March 20, 2003 - The first two scholarships from the Kenneth C. and Melinda Scott Krei Education Scholarship Fund were awarded to two Education students: Miss Tara Chananukul and Mrs. Lee Ann Williams. Tara is majoring in Special Education while Lee Ann is majoring in Elementary Education (Learning Foundations). Interest from the principal sum of $65,000 established through the generosity of the Krei’s provided the funding for the two deserving students.
Both Kenneth and Melinda are Union alumni. Kenneth received the Bachelor of Business Administration in 1971. He is enjoying a career in banking with a current base in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Melinda earned the Bachelor of Arts in history in 1974. She went on to earn two Masters degrees from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. in politics and education from Columbia University. Dr. Krei has worked as a teacher, researcher, writer, and consultant.
The Krei Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 in order to foster Christian higher education for education students at Union University. At a reception held March 18 by the Education faculty in the two recipients’ honor, Dr. Ann Singleton, Education Department Chair, related that it is the Krei’s desire to help young people majoring in education to attend college and to have a “step up” where otherwise it might not be possible. Kenneth and Melinda endowed the scholarship fund in grateful recognition of the blessings of God upon their lives.
Also bringing greetings and recognition to Tara and Lee Ann at the reception were Dean Tom Rosebrough and several Education faculty. Both recipients responded to the recognition and to the awards with expressions of gratitude and humility.