Fanny and Floy French Award

Floy and Fannie French, living around the turn of the century, were pioneers in the field of education. These women devoted their lives and energies to promoting education and a list of their achievements is nothing if not motivational. Such a list hints at the force of the drives that carried them and generates a great deal of respect and honest admiration for their accomplishments.

Floy, born in 1878, worked in library management, first here in New Mexico and later as head librarian at the Carnegie Library in Spencer, Indiana. While here she supplied books to soldier training camps outsider Deming during World War I. She personally selected and delivered the books, a service she continued in Spencer, for the school children in several counties.

Her younger sister, Fannie, born in 1883, graduated from this University in 1902, when it was known as the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. She organized the first Las Cruces High School and was its first principal at the age of 29. She later became a teacher of education at Morton College in Illinois. She worked there until past retirement age and then went on to tutor private school for a few years.

The purpose of the Floy Annual Improvement of Secondary Teaching Award is to encourage research and application of creative ideas for the improvement of instruction practice in secondary teaching. The Award-approximately $3,000 each year-was established by a request from Fanny and Floy to the New Mexico State University Foundation in 1981, and is granted to the winning proposal resulting from an annual competitive proposal process. Those eligible to compete for the award include educators practicing in secondary schools, as well as university faculty.


Other Requirements: Separate application must be submitted. To encourage research and application of creative ideas for the improvement of instructional practice in secondary teaching. Educators practicing in secondary schools, central office staff, NMSDE employees, and university faculty can collaborate.