Living Legacy Scholarship Fund

The American Montessori Society Living Legacy is an annual tribute to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the AMS community through their dedication and leadership. When you give in honor of the Living Legacy, you support a cherished AMS practice: the awarding of scholarships to aspiring Montessori educators at AMS-affiliated teacher education programs. 

Susie and David Shelton-Dodge

Our 2024 Living Legacy

The 2024 Living Legacy recipient is Dr. Gay C. Ward. For over 2 decades, Gay Ward has been advocating for the American Montessori Society, advancing research and mentoring the next generation of leaders. Currently, Gay is a professor emerita at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) where she works as a Montessori consultant and academic faculty in teacher education and Montessori studies.

Where Your Dollar Goes

Our world needs educators. With the demand for high quality teachers continuously on the rise, it is more important than ever that we dedicate ourselves to supporting these individuals who truly are the heart of Montessori.

Your donation to the Living Legacy Fund goes toward scholarships that help adult learners fulfill their dreams of teaching in Montessori classrooms.

Candy Proctor


When you give to the AMS Living Legacy Scholarship Fund, you help create pathways for future Montessori teachers to realize their dream of helping shape the Montessori classrooms of tomorrow. You also ensure that all Montessori children can see themselves reflected in the faces of the talented and inspired guides who have answered the call to touch their lives every day.

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