Kelch-Parker Medical Student Scholarship
Robert and Jeri Anne Kelch established the Kelch-Parker Scholarship to recognize their parents’ loving support and honor the values they instilled in their children.
Paul and Iona Kelch were born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Paul, born on December 3, 1917, was the oldest of six siblings. Iona was born on January 15, 1922, the middle child in a sibship of three daughters. The great depression affected their families, their lives, and their attitudes immensely. Neither Paul nor Iona were able to attend school beyond their early teenage years. They married on December 7, 1940, and Paul was called to active duty in the U.S. Army approximately two years later when their first born, Robert, was only two weeks old. Paul served as a Staff Sergeant and was sent to the Island of Guadacanal. He returned to the United States in late 1944 and became employed as a truck driver, and Iona was a full-time homemaker. Subsequently, Paul and Iona had three additional children, Robert, Susan, and Raymond. Paul and Iona emphasized the importance of education to their children and instilled a love of learning and of working. All of their children successfully completed baccalaureate degrees and/or advanced degrees.
James G. and W. Mae Parker were born and raised on small farms in western Tennessee. James was born on February 26, 1915, the second of four children. Mae was born on December 10, 1913, the oldest of four children. The Parker and Crews families struggled to seek out an existence from the small family farms but managed to emphasize education, family values, and the value of hard work. James and Mae married on May 1, 1937. During the war, James and Mae migrated to Detroit to work in the factories in support of the war effort. They returned to Tennessee in 1946 to operate a general store for nine years. Later, James became an electrician and worked in the auto industry while Mae worked full-time as a homemaker. They had three children: Carol (died in infancy), Ned, and Jeri Anne.
Congratulations on receiving the Kelch-Parker Medical Student Scholarship