A new scholarship will be available for adults at East Central College in the fall of the 2019-20 school year.

Students who are 23 years or older majoring in accounting can apply for up to $2,500 a year. The total endowment to the college is $50,000.

The scholarship is in honor of retired teacher Pat Prugh, who taught for 13 years in the St. Clair R-XIII School District and worked at ECC for 19 years.

The reason for starting the scholarship is to help young adults, especially those with children, finish their education, Prugh said.

At ECC, she taught accounting part time before being a division chair for nine years. As a division chair, she helped develop the culinary program and oversaw six departments.

Prugh said she took a sabbatical in the late 1980s to work for a private certified public accountant. She, along with four others, traveled to three different Air Force bases in England where they audited places and organizations on the bases.

After she retired in 1997, she taught auditing at Methodist Baptist University from 1999-2010.

Vincent Prugh Scholarship

Starting in spring of 2019, ECC students from St. Clair also will be able to apply for Prugh’s late husband’s science scholarship.

The scholarship is in honor of the late Vincent Prugh, of St. Clair, who taught biology and other courses in the St. Clair School District for 30 years.

ECC students can apply up to for $2,500 a year. The total endowment to the college is $50,000.

Vincent Prugh was born Dec. 27, 1932, in Sinking Creek, located in Shannon County, He died Dec. 27, 2016. Vincent Prugh is survived by his wife, Pat, their two children and families.

He served as a corporal for the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge Feb. 11, 1955. Some of his hobbies included hunting, fishing and being a botanist.

Prugh also was a 50-year member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge 118 of Salem, a member of the St. Clair VFW Post 2482 and a member of the St. Clair Elks Lodge.