Thelma Imler Beem was for many years and effective elementary teacher. She taught in five different church schools in the Southwestern Union, as well as schools in Georgia, Massachusetts and Kansas. She was an early leader in Pathfinders, youth camps and Master Guide work. She emphasized nature study, and was instrumental in leading many to become interested in bird watching and other nature activities.
She was the author of two books and of many articles published in the Adventist Review. Her theme always was to help others to be more effective in leading children to their highest potential in education and in spiritual development. Her daughter, Dr. Beverly Beem, taught English at Southwestern Adventist University from 1968 to 1971.
Shortly after Thelma Beem’s death in 1967, this scholarship in her name was established for education majors at Southwestern Adventist University to help carry on the teaching work that was so important in her life.