For a student in financial need to attend a Seventh-day Adventist College.
Merlene Odessa Legare graduated from Atlantic Union College in 1940. She began her teaching career at Union Springs Academy and Forest Lake Academy. After a few years she returned to Vermont, her home state, to help care for her mother and sister. She taught in public school secondary education until retirement: home economics, business education, and driver’s education. She took over 50 hours of graduate classes.
She taught adult Sabbath School for decades, spoke in church, and became head elder in the St. Johnsbury Seventh-day Adventist Church. Atlantic Union College changed the course of her life. She requested that a scholarship be established in her name to help a needy Northern New England Conference student attend her college, Atlantic Union College, or another Seventh-day Adventist college.
Helps a worthy student to attend a Seventh-day Adventist student.
This scholarship was donated by a couple who always longed to have their own children. This never came to be, so they decided to donate their estate to children who wanted to participate in the Adventist school system but did not have the means to do so. For this reason, they decided to call the scholarship "Our Children."
Nothing meant more to this couple than the Adventist church and family. Their legacy will continue through those children who receive an Adventist education that it helped provide.