The Mildred Lee Bonnell Memorial Scholarship was created following the death of Mildred on September 18, 1989. She was born in Walters, Oklahoma on December 18, 1912. After several forays by family elders into New Mexico, the John Owen Lee Family settled in the High Rolls and Mountain Park area where Mildred grew up amid nine siblings. She attended local schools and graduated from Alamogordo in 1931. Mildred had a fierce determination to attend college despite the lack of family financial support. Through scholarships and employment she was able to attend New Mexico Normal University, now Highlands University. Mildred received her teaching certificate in 1933. She augmented her degree with further studies at Texas Western School of Mines. An outstanding goal for this young elementary school teacher was her master of Spanish which made her one of the first in her generation to use bilingual education in the Alamogordo schools. She also loved children’s literature which became a lifelong enjoyment for her children and grandchildren. Her unique focus, majoring in Spanish and pursuing her avid literary interest made for and unforgettable contributor to her students, family and friends.
Financial Need: Not Required
Class Level: FR. SO. JR. SR.
Required Major: Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish and some background course work in English/American literature.
Other requirements: Preference given to student from a rural community setting with an expressed interest in children’s literature.