This scholarship was established by Ina so that other students with financial difficulties can realize the dream of going to college.
Ina graduated in 1948 with a degree in English. She was able to attend OCW thanks to a Phillips Oil Company scholarship.
“Those four years were an enrichment and joy to a young girl from the oil fields of northern Oklahoma. My favorite memories, besides dorm parties, were the hours spent singing in the chorus and playing bassoon in the orchestra.”
In 1951, while working for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, she met and married Louis Schowengerdt, a Methodist minister. “Our first assigned church was in St. Joseph, Missouri, where I had a chance to sing in the church choir and to play bassoon in the St. Joseph Symphony. Later I played bassoon with the Kansas City Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony and St. Louis Opera. Lou always encouraged me in performing music, though our combined schedules and those of our two sons did sometimes make a hectic life pattern.”
After Lou died in 1998, she returned to St. Joseph where her younger son lives. Her older son lives in St. Louis, so they all get together often. “The music goes on with singing in the church choir as well as in the Community Chorus and Chamber Choir at the local college. I have always been happy in the halls of a college.”
“Not one day in the classroom of OCW has ever been wasted. I am so glad to be able to set up this scholarship so that other students with financially difficulties can realize the dream of going to college. It does not have to be an impossible dream?” Back to Scholarship Page