New scholarship honors European immigrant’s legacy
To memorialize physics professor Frank Schneider, who passed away last November, Schneider’s wife and children have established a scholarship in his name at Southeastern Illinois College (SIC).
Schneider taught at SIC for more than three decades after he and his family escaped to the United States from Europe after World War II, where his parents had been briefly imprisoned. Once stateside, he earned degrees at DePaul University and the University of Nebraska.
“He had a great love of physics and dedicated his life to his students, and he overcame a lot," his wife, Carole Schneider, said in a news release announcing the scholarship. "He was a success story in his own right -- not just the successes he created for his students.”
Colleagues and former students recalled Schneider as an effective teacher who cared about his students.
“Dr. Schneider was an ‘old school’ professor with an excellent education, incredible knowledge of his material and an energy and enthusiasm for teaching and learning,” said biology instructor John Shultz in the release. “He was a gentleman and a scholar. Also, everyone appreciated and enjoyed his sense of humor.”
Kim Martin took Schneider’s physics class and then went on to teach at SIC.
“His classes were tough and interesting, and you knew every student who did the work was well prepared for anything that came next,” Martin said in the release.
The deadline to apply for the Schneider scholarship or any of 300 other available awards is Feb. 28. To learn more, call the financial aid department 618-252-5400, ext. 4110, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pam Kingston may be contacted for more information on the Schneider award specifically at 618-252-5400, ext. 2104.
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