This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in elementary education -- preferably someone who grew up on a working farm.
Dr. Virginia Roeder Wenger, daughter of Adda Mitchell Voight, established this scholarship honoring her mother. Dr. Wenger graduated from OCW in 1946
Adda was born in 1897. She was a remarkable woman who had ambition and was willing to work hard. She started teaching at the age of 16 in a one-room school on the Johnson Ranch north of Tuttle, Oklahoma. There she met and married Fred Voigt, the son of German immigrants.
In the 1920s, she taught at the Highland School east of Tuttle. She had 80 students and taught all eight grades. She started the wood fire in the morning, cleaned the school, supervised recess and lunch and “did everything.” She said with pride that every child she ever taught learned to read.
During the Depression she went back to school and received her college degree from OCW in 1938. Being one of the first “older” women to do this did not make it easy. Later she earned a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Born in Missouri, the family traveled for periods to New Mexico and Arkansas, finally settling in Mustang, Oklahoma. She lived at Tuttle both before and after her marriage. She lived on the farm east of Tuttle from 1920 until her death in 1977.
At the age of 80 she was still teaching as a substitute. She always said she would rather teach than eat. Back to Scholarship Page