Ralph and Elsie Mathia Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Type: Endowed

Donor: Ralph and Elsie Mathia

Established: 2002

Mrs. Elsie Mathia was born on December 3, 1914 in Muscotah, KS.  She graduated from Atchison Country Community High School and sold life insurance for American National and was an Avon representative.  She was a member of the Eudora United Methodist Church and active in the women’s clubs in the church, including the Quilters Club.  She was also active in Girl Scouts and Brownies and was the founder of the Golden Agers in Eudora.  She married Lloyd Burns in 1932 and divorced in 1944.  She raised four children as a single parent for 11 years before marrying Ralph O. Mathia in 1955.  Elsie Mathia passed away in 2008 at the age of 93.