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Esther Erickson Wrigley Scholarship

Esther Erickson Wrigley (1889-1954) was born in Vingaker, Sweden, the youngest in a family of ten children. She came to the United States in 1891 with her widowed mother and six of her sisters and brothers to join three older sisters who had settled in Salt Lake City and Logan the previous year. Esther attended elementary school and high school in Salt Lake City where she lived with one of her older sisters and later studied at Brigham Young College in Logan from which she graduated in 1909.

At various times during the period 1909-1920 she taught school in Logan and Brigham City and also taught English at the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City where her husband was teaching. Desiring further education, over the years she attended summer classes at Utah Agricultural College and took extension courses at the University of Utah. In the 1920's, when her older son was in elementary school in Logan, she served as President of the Logan Council Parent Teacher's Association.

Always a lover of books, Mrs. Wrigley promoted the habit of reading in her students and in her family circle. She emphasized good literature, including the English classics, but she also encouraged each student to read extensively on those subjects—whatever they might be—that particularly interested him or her. She also emphasized the use of the English language in the writing and speaking since she recognized that these abilities were important in enriching life and in successfully meeting many of life's challenges.

During WWII her youngest son John would write home. When she would reply she would be sure to insert the words he misspelled or used incorrectly, and underline them without a word—a great example of her methods of teaching. The Ester Erickson Wrigley Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate English majors who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and personal integrity.