Originally Published: June 29, 2009 10:33 p.m.
Gladys Gardner, the founder and president of the Education Scholarship Endowment of Yavapai County, recently announced her retirement as president of the philanthropic organization.
Gardner, 91, is a former Yavapai County supervisor and later served as a state representative for the county.
Robert St. Clair, branch manager for M&I Bank in Prescott Valley, will replace Gardner as president.
Gardner, a former public school teacher before becoming a political figure, founded the ESEYC in 2001 to "... provide scholarships to eligible Yavapai County public school graduates who plan to attend colleges or universities to complete education degrees so they can enter teaching careers."
Gardner will remain on the six-member board with the title emeritus president.
Since its founding, the EYEYC has awarded $135,000 in scholarships to 62 Yavapai County students.