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Ellen Hyde Fund

Supporting Students with No-Interest Loans

Ellen Hyde graduated from the State Normal School at Framingham in 1862, taught in the school until 1875, and then became its principal until 1898.  She was an inspiring teacher and a builder of character in her pupils.  From her intimate knowledge of the struggle many students had to pay their way, she felt the need for a fund that could be used to help them and it was established in 1898.

1839 – Lexington Normal School, Lexington, Massachusetts

Sixteen years after Columbian School had been founded in Vermont, the first state-funded normal school was founded in the neighboring state of Massachusetts, thanks largely to the efforts of education reformers such as Horace Mann and James G. Carter.[18] In 1844 that school moved from its original site of Lexington to West Newton, and then in 1853 to Framingham.

Today, Framingham State University is recognized as the oldest, continuously operated public normal school in the United States. Anna Brackett attended this University and was a teacher – later to become the first woman principal of a teacher’s college.[19][20]

Site of the first public normal school
in the United States,
in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Ellen Hyde Fund

This interest-free loan fund is administered by a Board of Trustees, elected by the alumni members of the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni, and used to assist undergraduate and graduate students of Framingham State University.

Having been the oldest of seven college-bound siblings, I am forever grateful to the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni for the support offered me from the Ellen Hyde Fund. I served on their board as President. My goal is to share my enthusiasm about Framingham State and Consumer Science career opportunities with current and potential students, as well as to support the scholarship and loan programs offered by IAFSA.

Nancy Hegarty Nelson, ’67 – IAFSA Ellen Hyde Loan Recipient

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