College of Education & Human Services

Educator Preparation

Charles William Grice, Sr. and Josephine Luman Grice
Fleisher Scholarship

The Charles William Grice, Sr. and Josephine Luman Grice Fleisher Scholarship was established in
2016 by Dr. George L. Grice in honor of his aunt and uncle. While at WIU, Jo studied education along
with home economics while Bill combined his love of science with a passion for music. They were
married in the summer of 1940, after which Bill accepted a teaching position at Wyanet High School
where he taught science and worked with the band and choir.
On October 23, 1944 Bill left for overseas duty during World War II. On November 6, 1944, the
aircraft carrier USS Enterprise left Pearl Harbor with Bill aboard. On May 14, 1945 fourteen sailors
were killed-in-action, including ENS Grice. He was buried at sea and was posthumously awarded the
Purple Heart Medal.

All Grice scholarships were combined to one account number, 882104, in November 2015.


  • Must be a new freshman in the upper 25% of graduating class with an ACT composite score of 25 or higher, or be a new transfer or current undergraduate student with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Must be a full-time student planning to teach at the Middle School or Secondary Levels.
  • Preference may be given to a veteran student, spouse, or child.
  • Preference may be given to a student with demonstrated financial need.

TERMS: Award amount varies based on annual interest earned on endowment.


Final selection will be made by the Office of Teacher Education, Horrabin Hall 40.


Two letters of recommendation must be submitted with the application. If the applicant is an
incoming freshman, one of the letters must be from a high school teacher.

A high school transcript indicating class rank and total ACT will also be required from incoming
freshmen. Entering transfer and currently enrolled Western students are required to submit a current

Scholarship Committee
Office of Teacher Education
Horrabin Hall 40
Western Illinois University
1 University Drive
Macomb, IL 61455
309 298-2117


RENEWABLE? Yes. Student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The student must
apply each year for renewal. Renewal will not exceed four years of continuous enrollment.