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Scholarship honors Elizabeth Orr

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The family of Elizabeth Ann Orr has provided funds for an annual scholarship at the University of Montana Western. The endowed scholarship is in remembrance of Elizabeth, who passed away on Jan. 20, 2010. By Wally Feldt [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Elizabeth Ann Orr"]Elizabeth Ann Orr[/caption] The family of Elizabeth Ann Orr has provided funds for an annual scholarship at the University of Montana Western. The endowed scholarship is in remembrance of Elizabeth, who passed away on Jan. 20, 2010. Orr, a Beaverhead County High School graduate, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education specializing in mathematics from Western Montana College. She continued her education at the University of Illinois and received a master’s degree in education from Pepperdine University in California. Orr taught high school math in the Denver School District for two years before teaching for four years on Navy Air bases in Sicily, Libya, and England. Upon returning to the United States, she accepted an advanced math teaching position in the Orange California Unified School District. During her teaching career, Orr received many honors and awards from the National Education Association, the California Teachers Association, and the National Council of Teachers. The new scholarship will benefit a full-time Montana Western education student who is a graduate of a Montana high school and plans to teach in Montana. The scholarship will also be based on leadership, citizenship, and financial need. In 2000, Elizabeth and her brother Lee Orr, also provided funds to establish the Margaret R. Orr Memorial Endowed Scholarship, which is also dedicated to future teachers. Margaret Orr was the mother of Elizabeth and Lee. She was a longtime Dillon resident and teacher who also received her degree in education from Western Montana College. Members of the Orr family donated part of the land on which the Montana Normal School, now the University of Montana Western, was originally built.

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