Price, Susan A. Memorial Scholarship Fund
For a West Noble High School senior female attending a 4-year college or university. Preference will be given to female students attending Indiana University Bloomington or an Indiana University affiliate. Awards recipient up to $1,000 per year for 4 years.
The recipient must upload a college transcript each year to receive additional payments.
Donor Fund Story:
Susan A. Price was an ambitious, independent, curious, and adventurous woman. She was also a hard-nosed businessperson who knew how to build and maintain good working relationships. She was a warm, friendly, compassionate, and empathetic person. All of this made her a terrific wife, mother, and friend in addition to being successful in business.
Susan was born in Frankfurt Germany, in 1952, while her father was stationed there. Her family returned to the US and she was raised in Wawaka. She attended Wawaka High School until it was merged into West Noble and graduated West Noble in 1969. Susan’s parents, Joseph Price and Bonnie Jean Yant, and her sister, Shirley, also attended Wawaka High School.
Susan went on to earn a BA in English from Indiana University in 1973. She moved to Gary upon graduation to work at IU Northwest, then to the DePaul neighborhood in Chicago when she started working in Human Resources at Illinois Central Community Hospital. While there she negotiated union contracts, attended night school at Loyola University, earning an MS in Industrial Relations, and began investing in rental property. She spent a couple of years as Office administrator for an IT consulting firm before joining Yearbook Medical Publishing as HR Director. As part of the merger and acquisitions team she helped quadruple the size of the company with operations in the US and Europe. She rose to become VP, Administration and International HR. After leaving professional employment, Susan applied herself to multiple property restoration and management projects.
Susan married and had two sons. The family lived in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, before moving to Oak Park, IL in October 1992. She touched and was touched by the many people, she was involved with in the Mann School PTO, the OPRF Historical Society, the 19th Century Women’s Club, the Oak Park Conservatory, and the Frank Lloyd Wright House Walk. She, and her family, also hosted exchange students from Belgium, France, Spain, Brazil, the Canary Islands, Turkey, and Ukraine.
Susan traveled extensively through Europe and Central America, visiting 32 countries. She also visited 28 states on her ‘Thelma and Louise’ road trips. She particularly enjoyed driving across the country with a girl friend or female relative to see whatever interested them.
Susan had five cousins and many life-long friends in the area and enjoyed returning for school reunions. She was proud of her roots and of the people with whom she grew up. We hope that this scholarship will help future strong and confident young women get started on their life adventures.