Setlow Memorial Science Scholarship

The Charles R. and Louise V. Setlow Memorial Science Scholarship for the Advancement of Science Education is awarded annually to a graduating senior. The children of Charles and Louise Setlow — Marguriette, Andrew (1950 CHS graduate), Robert (1960 CHS graduate), and Charlene (1962 CHS graduate) — established this fund in 2006 to promote science education in memory of their parents. Selection is based on financial need, academic achievement, and a demonstrable interest in pursuing a career in a scientific field.

The Charles R. and Louise V. Setlow Memorial Science Scholarship Fund for the Advancement of Science Education

The children of Charles and Louise Setlow – Marguriette, Andrew (1950 CHS graduate), Robert (1960 CHS graduate), and Charlene (1962 CHS graduate) – established this fund in 2006 to promote science education in memory of their parents.

Charles (1901-1978), next to the youngest of six children of Swedish immigrants, grew up on a small farm in Peck Idaho and spent all of his adult life in Lewiston and Clarkston in the auto repair business. Family circumstances did not permit Charles to graduate from high school but his inquisitive, innovative, and analytical mind still prevailed and set an example for superior analytical and critical thinking for all who knew him. For a period in the 1950’s, he taught auto mechanics at what is now known as Lewis-Clark State College. Upon retirement from the auto repair business he became an active grandfather and followed such interests as beekeeping and the maintenance of the family fruit orchard and garden. The children were well provided for with unmatched meals from the food produced on their small acreage on 13th street, (now the place of several homes on Setlow Court.) While his children (and, at times grandchildren) grew up in meager living conditions, they were not distracted from the example Charles set to be curious and strive to be informed about all things affecting their lives. Given the opportunity, he likely would have pursued a scientific career.

Louise Dionne (1905-1992), the oldest of the five original children fathered by a French Canadian, began life in Chinook, Montana. She was 14 when her mother died to become immediately responsible for raising younger brothers and sisters. After finishing high school in Eureka, she moved to Lewiston and was working as a waitress at the Bollinger when Charles appeared in the picture. They were married in 1928 and settled down in Lewiston until moving to Clarkston in 1942. Louise was a hard working, playful, and loving mother. When not attending to the large family garden (with the help of her children!) or playing cards with family and friends, she would be baking bread, picking and selling fruit, canning fruit and vegetables, and cleaning homes. When a new septic tank was needed, she was at the bottom loading buckets of dirt being hauled up – just to point out she was not afraid of hard work.

Charles and Louise equipped their children with the intelligence, drive, and strong work ethic to meet and overcome any challenge they would experience in life. In memory Marguriette, Andrew, Robert and Charlene established this fund to accomplish something their parents would do if they could: provide financial assistance to qualified students; and, because of the critical need, they would have encouraged students to pursue a scientific career.

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