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Stao Scholarship honors memory of student

[photo] Norris and Martha Stoa
Norris and Martha Stoa
In 1958, three Pacific Lutheran College students tragically lost their lives in a car accident en route to a Lutheran Student Union convention in South Dakota.

This January Rev. Norris and Martha Stoa established the Miriam Irene Stoa Memorial Scholarship in memory of their daughter, one of the young women who died in that accident.

Miriam Stoa was born in 1937, the oldest of four children. When she was 9 she read the Bible in its entirety. She played the flute, earned many honors and had excellent grades in school. She was a leader in Christian youth work and was active at the Lutherdale Bible Camp, held at Elkhorn, Wis.

In the fall of 1955 she enrolled at Pacific Lutheran College, where she was active in Christian student affairs, the college band, SPURS, and the college Chorale. During her junior year, Stoa served as student counselor and was a Christian student life leader. She hoped to become a parish worker and a Lutheran church pastoral assistant.

"We trust this scholarship in her name will, for many years, help several young people receive a good Christian education at Pacific Lutheran University," said the Stoas.

Norris and Martha Stoa funded this scholarship by contributing $50,000 through a PLU Charitable Gift Annuity, a very popular life-income gift vehicle among PLU donors, according to the PLU Development Office.

The Stoas stipulated that the scholarship be awarded to Lutheran students. One or two scholarships of $1,500 to $3,000, will be made annually to a qualified PLU student.

Contributions to the Stoa fund are welcome. If you would like to learn more about the fund, the Charitable Gift Annuity, or any other life-income gift opportunity, please call Doug Page or Ed Larson at PLUís Development Office, at 253-535-8488, or 253-535-7177 or 1-800-826-0035.

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