Scholarship: Velma Hay Memorial Scholarship
About the Sponsor
Velma Lowden Hay was born in the once famous gold rush town of Scott Bar, Siskiyou County, California, a third generation Californian whose paternal and maternal great grandparents arrived in Siskiyou County in 1850.
She attended the Scott Bar one-room school that her grandfather helped build and where her grandmother and other family members attended before her. In 1917 she moved to Marysville, Yuba County. Later, she graduated with the first class of Yuba College (then known as Marysville Junior College). Her husband, Leroy Hay, also graduated in this first class.
Velma Hay obtained her teaching credential from Humboldt State University in 1930 and began her teaching career that same year in a one-room country school in Yuba County, where Beale Air Force Base was later to be located. She returned to Scott Bar from 1931-33 to teach in the same school her family and she had attended. She returned to the Sacramento Valley in 1933 to teach and later become principal, administering schools in Yuba and Sutter Counties
In 1947, she joined the North Sacramento School District, assuming responsibilities for teacher training and curriculum. With this expanded role, she constantly called upon professors from Sacramento State to assist her in her efforts to provide ongoing training for North Sacramento teachers. As the years passed she frequently was a guest lecturer in teacher education classes at Sacramento State, drawing from her many years as a teacher, supervisor, and curriculum specialist
Mrs. Hay retired in 1969 with 37 years in California public school service. Mr. Hay retired the next year having spent 32 years at the old California Junior High School in Sacramento, the last ten as principal. The Hays traveled extensively during their retirement years. Mrs. Hay passed away in July 1998 with Mr. Hay having predeceased her in 1988.
At the time of her retirement, Mrs. Hay told friends she did not want any type of retirement celebration. Because of her close involvement with Sacramento State, her friends and co-workers established the Velma Hay Scholarship Fund in her honor to provide encouragement and financial assistance to upper division or graduate students specializing in elementary education. Upon her death further contributions were made to this endowment fund.
A beautiful lettered scroll, containing the names of the original donors to the Velma Hay Scholarship Fund, hangs today in the Sacramento State College of Education conference room.