Austin Fellman was presented with the 2023 Ted Hellie Teaching Scholarship by Foundation board member Mike Barry.
Theodore Hellie was born on August 22, 1919 in rural Goodridge, MN. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1938. He attended the University of North Iowa in Cedar Falls for two years. He transferred to the University of Minnesota and attended until he was inducted into the the United States Army Air Force from 1942-1946. From Fort Snelling he went to various locations in the states, then he was sent to England to a Royal Air Force Radio Location Station, near Wirksworth, Derbyshire, where he met his future wife, Rosemary Jean Slater. He was in Wirksworth 28 months and he later married Jean in Minneapolis on August 11, 1950.
Ted returned to the University of Minnesota to complete his education, graduating in 1951. He was hired by W. G. Claffy, Lincoln High School Superintendent, as an English teacher, and taught 30 years before retiring. Ted was also time-keeper and announcer for hockey and football for many years. His interests were golf, spectator sports, gardening and he was an avid reader. Ted loved to travel with his wife, Jean. They visited most of the United States and many foreign countries, traveling back to Wirksworth many times. Ted passed away in April, 2006. This scholarship has been established in his memory.
This annual scholarship is awarded to a Lincoln High School senior. The applicant must be accepted at an accredited college and plan on obtaining a teaching degree.