TROY—Ms. Jane Beasley, a native of Barbour County, has endowed a scholarship fund at Troy University in honor of her mother, Marion Horne Beasley, who taught in Barbour County from 1936-1981.
During her lengthy career, Mrs. Marion Horne Beasley returned to TROY many times to pursue her love for learning, to enhance her teaching and to acquire educational certification, eventually earning three degrees there.
Although she was primarily an elementary teacher, she was drafted to teach high school classes ranging from English to biology, and she was proficient in all of them. A former student said of her, “She was smart as a cricket.”
She remained devoted to learning and to teaching, and for that she was beloved by her family, students, colleagues and her community. This scholarship fund has been created to honor her and to express appreciation to Troy University for providing her with the opportunity to pursue her love for learning over a period of 40 years.
Quite appropriately, the scholarships provided by this fund will reward mature women who pursue teaching degrees or certification. Preference will be given to rural educators and residents of Barbour County. Initial awards are scheduled for the academic year 2011-2012.
Ms. Jane Beasley is herself a 1974 graduate of what was then Troy State University. She taught at Eufaula High School briefly before attending law school at the University of Kentucky, graduating (J.D. Degree) with honors, including the Law Review and Order of the Coif. She has gained recognition for her legal expertise in securities law and in corporate mergers and acquisitions, practicing from her offices in New York and London with the firm of Shearman and Sterling. She currently serves on the Board of the Metropolitan Opera, and has served as a board member for Discovery Museum, Fordham University and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
Applicants should direct inquiries to the Office of the Dean, College of Education, Troy University, 335 Hawkins Hall, Troy, AL 36082. Those who wish to contribute to this fund may address their contributions to the Troy University Office of Development, 1120 U.S. Highway 231, Troy, AL 36082.