Nancy M. & James R. Reynolds Elementary Education Scholarship

Nancy M. and James R. Elementary Education Scholarship was created to encourage and support undergraduate students who have declared and been admitted to pursue a degree in elementary education at WSU.


1. Each recipient must be an undergraduate student enrolled full time (i.e., minimum of twelve credits per semester) at Winona State University.
2. Each recipient must be classified as a Junior when the award will be applied..
3. Each recipient must be a declared major in B.S. Elementary Education and be admitted into the program based on written program admission standards, if available.
The recipient must be in good standing at Winona State University and possess a minimum grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.0 (A=4.0) in B.S. Elementary Education coursework and a minimum of 2.5 G.P.A. overall.
The recipient must demonstrate a financial need.


Marian and Donald Turner knew the value of education and encouraged their family to get the best and most education possible. Marians education began with a year of Normal Training in Chatfield before she began her 28 year teaching career in 1935 at the age of 18 in country schools. After 6 years of teaching, she took off 12 years to raise a family. In 1952 she returned to country schools for 3 more years before she took a fifth grade teaching position in the Chatfield Public Schools while working on further training at Winona State Teachers College where she received an Associate of Arts in 1954 as well as a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1959. That was not enough, so she continued her education at Winona State College in Library Science and became librarian and media coordinator at Chosen Valley High School (Chatfield). Both their son and daughter graduated from Winona State College, Don earning B.S. (1965) degree in Biology and Math and M.S. (1969) degree in Biology, and Nancy earning B.S. (1966) and M.S. (1970) degrees in Elementary Education. Donald didn’t have the opportunity to attend college, but he often worked more than one job to make sure his family was educated. He worked a variety of jobs in his lifetime, but ended his working career in the U.S. Post Office as Postmaster in Chatfield, MN.

During their careers, both Marian and Donald touched the lives of many people in Chatfield. the Nancy M. and James R. Reynolds Scholarship in Elementary Education, in memory of Marian I. and Donald L. Turner is a way to continue their legacy of valuing education by reaching out and helping others.

College of Education, Education Department