Imogene Worner Zelhart (IWZ) Music Scholarship

February 26, 2024

The Imogene Worner Zelhart (IWZ) scholarship fund was established to recognize two senior students for their accomplishments and participation in the music programs.

Each recipient of the IWZ Music Scholarship will receive a $500 award. The scholarship is a one-time award and is not renewable. The award will be paid directly to the scholarship recipients. Scholarship recipients will be selected by Ms. Lidy and Mr. Weisenborn. Students interested in this scholarship should speak to Ms. Lidy or Mr. Weisenborn.

Deadline: April 15, 2024

The Zelhart Family

It is the Zelhart family’s wish that this gift and recognition will encourage MFHS students to pursue their hopes and dreams and become productive contributors to their community and society.

Imogene Worner was born and raised on a Tazewell County farm, near Green Valley, Illinois. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan college, she took a job with a bank in Chicago for a brief period of time. In 1947 she was hired as the Maroa High School World History, Spanish, and Current Affairs teacher. Imogene had many fond memories of the High School, staff, and students during her time as a teacher. All through her life, she had a passion for music. She enjoyed singing and participated in choirs, singing for weddings and funerals.

In 1955, Imogene married James Zelhart, and they started their life together on the farm West of Maroa. They raised three sons who graduated from MFHS, along with their two daughters-in-law. All six of their grandchildren have graduated from MF Schools. Maroa-Forsyth Schools were an important part of John and Imogene’s lives and their families’ lives.

Imogene F. (Worner) Zelhart passed away in 2018.


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