Irma Burge

Utah Valley University is honored to offer the Irma Burge Memorial Endowment Scholarship. This scholarship supports students who are seeking a bachelor’s degree and preferably are female students with financial need wishing to continue their education or to resume an interrupted education. Recipients shall be selected on the basis of current academic achievement as well as personal and professional goals.

Irma Burge was born in New Zealand and studied music, piano, voice, harmony, and organ in London, where she was a member of the British Music Society. After coming to the United States, she gained a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Music and a Master of Education in Special Education from Brigham Young University. Beginning in 1953 she worked in the Nebo School District as a kindergarten teacher for 20 years and also spent over ten years as a teacher of exceptional children.

The Irma Burge Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund was established in 1987 by Helen Lyon in memory of Irma H. Burge, both of whom were members of P.E.O. Chapter Z. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing increased opportunities for higher education to women. P.E.O. Chapter Z consists of approximately 30 members living in Utah County.

P.E.O. was founded in 1869 as a college sorority at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and later voted to retain the letters P.E.O. for its off-campus chapters, thus changing from a college group to a community group. The sisterhood has become an international organization with broad philanthropic and cultural aims, furthering educational opportunities within six specific scholarships.

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Recipients of this scholarship are encouraged to remember, with their own generosity, those future students who will need similar help.