Margaret Harkins Memorial Scholarship
Peggy Harkins, a lifelong resident of Gloucester County, graduated from Williamstown High School in 1961, received her BA in Education from Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State College) in 1965, and began her teaching career in Delran, New Jersey that same year, following marriage. Peggy taught second grade for 8 years and served as the President of the Delran Teachers Association. Her devotion to her students and creativity in the classroom made lasting impressions on all who met her. In the spring of 1973 Peggy and her husband Chuck received the first of their two adopted sons, Brett, and her teaching career came to an end. In 1980, they adopted their second son, Patrick, and Peggy devoted her life to their boys. In 1983, Peggy was diagnosed with a severe kidney problem that she fought bravely until the spring of 1988 when she passed at the age of 46. Friends and family established a temporary scholarship in her memory that her husband and brothers Charles and Richard have maintained. The scholarship honors an elementary education major transferring to Rowan University. In order to ensure the permanence of this scholarship and its intent to assist students in their desire to become teachers, this endowment has been created to honor her memory for eternity.