The Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund, which celebrated its 70th year in 2019, recently presented three former scholarship recipients with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Alve Erickson, Ph.D., is a 1947 graduate of Chisholm High School (and one of the first Alworth Scholarship recipients, who’s now 90) who taught physics and engineering at MIT. He, along with several colleagues, started an engineering institute in Kanpur, India, where he lived for nearly four years. Erickson later created a new design for Velcro that continues to help protect soldiers and military vehicles.
June Hendrickson, M.S. Mathematics Education, graduated from Denfeld High School, UMD and the University of Minnesota, then worked in Hibbing as a teacher, school board member and leader for 61 years. She created the Hibbing Academic and Talented (HAT) program, was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year and also was named one of the top 100 people who most influenced Hibbing in the 20th Century.
Bill Jacott, M.D., graduated from Duluth Central in 1956, then from the University of Minnesota Medical School. During his career he participated on the committee that developed the UMD Medical School, was University of Minnesota vice president of health services and helped found UCare Minnesota. He was also a Minnesota delegate to the American Medical Association and served 33 years on the Alworth Memorial Fund Board of Directors.
The Alworth Memorial Fund, which has distributed $52 million among 5,100 northern Minnesota students since 1949, is available to students who have an interest in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or scientific fields of study.