Gladys W. Ihde Education Scholarship
The Gladys W. Ihde (pronounced “eed”) Education Scholarship is awarded to women possessing outstanding qualities of character and scholastic ability who are pursuing careers in education and who have an actual financial need.
Gladys Wilma Ihde attended Oshkosh schools from kindergarten until her graduation from Oshkosh Teacher’s College in 1930 with a Bachelor of Education degree. In 1958 she received a Master of Science degree in Diagnosis and Remediation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For 43 1/2 years, Gladys Ihde worked with developmentally disabled, emotionally disturbed and handicapped children. For 32 of those years, she was a teacher of exceptional children in the Oshkosh Area Public Schools. In 1960, she became the first certified school psychologist in the district. Ms. Ihde also taught methods courses and demonstration classes for children with disabilities at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
The 1968 edition of Who’s Who of American Women listed thirty educational, professional and social organizations to which Gladys Ihde belonged. Although she received many awards and honors in her career, the most important of those awards were affection and gratitude from those individuals whose lives she made happier and more productive.