Yvonne Torzok Memorial Scholarship
Yvonne Duhamel Torzok was a teacher of French and Spanish in the Homer Center School District and was the only foreign language teacher there for many years.
She was born in Le Vesinet, on the Seine River near Paris, France. She left France as a war bride, after marrying her husband, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne, who had been wounded and was recuperating at a clinic near her home.
She arrived in the United States in 1945, where she eventually attended classes at IUP and began her teaching career. Her goal was to make her students see the common concerns which all people share despite differences in language and culture. She once told an interviewer, "Kids and people everywhere have the same goals in life - peace and a happy home. I try to show my students how people can get along. That's what language is all about".
She celebrated Foreign Language Week with many school-wide activities and organized several trips to France and Martinique. She was very involved with the formation of APPLES. A scholarship sponsored by APPLES was established in her name after her death in 1990.
For information on this scholarship, please contact: Yolanda Broad
APPLES offers a scholarship to the Millersville Summer Language Camp:
For information on this scholarship, please contact: Yolanda Broad or see the application in the current Newsletter.
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