The Frances Turnquist Scholarship
The Frances Turnquist Scholarship was established in 1988, to perpetuate the memory of Frances Schultz Turnquist.
Mrs. Turnquist was a member of the Elgin High School class of 1942 and a longtime supporter of School District U-46 programs and teachers. Besides her volunteer work for the district, she was formally recognized for her many years of service as a Sunday School teacher for Holy Trinity Church in Elgin.
Mrs. Turnquist met her husband Ralph at Elgin High School where he was also a member of the class of 1942. Though World War II broke out during their senior years, they kept up their relationship and were married three months after his discharge from the service in 1946.
The money to establish the scholarship came from life insurance left to the family from her estate. In keeping with her appreciation for the value she placed on the work of educators, the scholarship was set up to benefit those going into education or a related field. Since its inception, the scholarship has benefitted over 30 students who followed this educational path.