Neva (Hydle) MacMaster was raised and educated in Williston and graduated from Williston High School at the age of 15. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where she earned a UND varsity letter in women's sports.
She also attended summer school at Columbia University in New York City and at the University of Montana. During her college years, she was active in the Women's Athletic Association, Chi Omega sorority, and Pi Lambda Theta, an honorary education sorority.
Her first two years of teaching were at Ray, N.D., where she taught English and social science, and coached the girls' basketball team. She then taught academic subjects and directed dramatic productions both at Antioch Township High School in Antioch, Lake County, Ill., and in Stockett-Sand Coulee High School at Centerville, Mont.
She and her husband, Bud MacMaster made Williston their home, where she was also a member of Chapter AN of the P.E.O. sisterhood, the Rocking Chair Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, Book and Thimble Club, Literary Study Club, and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Neva was a frequent volunteer throughout her lifetime, and often served her community in leadership roles. She loved to dance, especially Latin-American dancing, and she was an avid reader, an enthusiastic golfer, and prize-wining gardener. As a lifelong learner, she often took classes in creative writing, computers, the Norwegian language, and North Dakota history.
This scholarship was set up by Neva's family to help an English teacher who is continuing his/her education.
Scholarship amount: $1000