This Scholarship Fund was created by Lila Spencer Neilsen to honor her parents Merwin & Villa Spencer. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Murphysboro High School.
Merwin & Villa Spencer Scholarship
In honor of her parents, Lila Spencer Nielsen has established the Merwin and Villa Spencer Scholarship Fund. Beginning in the spring of 2019, this fund will provide a 4 year scholarship for a college bound Murphysboro High School Students.
Villa Spencer, born in Alto Pass and raised in Murphysboro, was a kindergarten teacher at the Longfellow School in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Merwin Spencer was born in Oraville, IL in 1892 and died in 1970. He worked as a dispatcher and telegraph agent for the railroad.
The family honors the work of Merwin and Villa Spencer in their community through their support of a Murphysboro student.
Show your support by making your tax deductible donation to SICF. Or mail your check to: SICF, PO Box 1772, Marion, IL 62959.
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