Burlington Alumni Scholarship


Scholarship Value: $750
Awards Available: 2

The individual that contributed to making this scholarship possible, Miriam Lena Neves Hammell, was born in Burlington, Wyoming on February 18, 1922. Living on a farm in the 1920s and 30s was a lot of hard work with very few of life's luxuries. Education was important to Miriam. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1940 and attended the University of Wyoming. Learning did not come easy for Miriam, but she kept at it so that she would not have to work on a farm all her life. She felt that "farm work was just too hard!" Miriam graduated from the University of Wyoming with a double major in Dietetics and Education. Miriam met George Wilson (Pat) Hammell, a returning WWII veteran, in her first year of teaching in Guernsey, Wyoming. Miriam and Pat were married in Burlington at her parents' home on June 2, 1946. They adopted two little girls, Mary Lou and Carolyn Sue. Miriam was a dedicated teacher. She taught for over thirty years in Oklahoma. Most of her adult years were spent in literacy, helping non-English-speaking students learn and do well in school. Miriam loved to see her students succeed. She expected excellence and received it from her students. Miriam's true legacy is in the stories from the many people whose lives she touched. One of her former students said, "When I was a teenager, troubled, lonely, and with little self-confidence, Miriam showed unconditional love for me when I needed it most." Miriam passed away on August 27, 2006. With her dedication to learning, it is fitting that Miriam Lena Neves Hammell left scholarship funds for generations of other Burlington High School students. She wanted to help others from the little community where she spent her hard working farm years have the opportunities she had for an education.

Who is eligible?

Any graduating senior or graduate of Burlington High School in Burlington, WY.

Essay questions and additional materials:

None: If you are eligible for this scholarship, you will only need to fill out the common questions on the application.

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