Wilma Nelson

Wilma Nelson

Wilma Irene Nelson was born on May 29, 1911 in Wood Lake, North Dakota. She graduated from the Teacher Training Class at the Institution of Deaf Studies on Lexington Avenue in New York City in 1931. Wilma received her B.S. from Columbia University in 1940 and an additional degree from New York University in 1944. Ms. Nelson taught 4th grade in Kobe, Japan and in Wiesboden, Germany in the early 1950’s. In 1954 she started working in several Oakland Public Schools including the Hawthorne Deaf School and the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf until her retirement in 1976. After she retired, she moved to Leisure World in Seal Beach where she lived until she passed in 1997.

The College of Education (CED) expresses gratitude to all scholarship donors who continue to enhance the quality of education students experience at CSULB.


In her trust, she made the CSULB College of Education the beneficiary of her home in Leisure World. The proceeds of the sale of her home created this scholarship which is awarded to an outstanding student teacher in the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program.

The Wilma I. Nelson Memorial Endowed Scholarship