Scholarship: Erma Anderson Memorial Scholarship
About the Sponsor
Erma was born in the small farming community of Uniontown, Kansas in 1913. Inspired by an Aunt, she attended Fort Scott Junior College and began her career in a one room school teaching all eight grades to 17 students. Her first contract was for teaching, cleaning and keeping the wood stove stoked; it paid twenty dollars a month.
After moving to California, she began working at the McClellan Air Force Base during World War II packing parachutes for grateful paratroopers. When released from service she began teaching in the North Sacramento School District, retiring in 1979 after 32 years. She spend most of her years teaching in the primary grades believing that these were the most important foundation years of learning. While teaching on a Provisional Certificate she earned her AA at Grant Technical College. She continued at Sacramento State College, earning a BA with Honors in 1957. She continued to study at Sacramento State until she retired.
In acknowledgment of the challenging of raising a family, working full time, and going to school, this scholarship is presented to address those challenges.