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Austin Peay State University announces Sarah Overstreet-Forte Scholarship for APSU Students


Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The Sarah Overstreet-Forte Scholarship was created by Austin Peay State University (APSU) alumnus Dr. Leonard R. “Sonny” Forte (B.S. ‘63), and his late wife of 58 years, Sarah Ann Overstreet-Forte, in 2018.

Dr. Leonard R. “Sonny” Forte (B.S. ‘63) and Sarah Ann Overstreet-Forte. (APSU)

Dr. Leonard R. “Sonny” Forte (B.S. ‘63) and Sarah Ann Overstreet-Forte. (APSU)

At that time, it was known as the Forte-Overstreet Family Scholarship Endowment. After Sarah passed away on May 30th, 2020, Dr. Forte renamed the scholarship in her honor.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be enrolled full-time at APSU and demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

I will continue to honor my wife of 58 years, Sarah Ann Overstreet-Forte, by donating to her Memorial Endowed Scholarship,” Forte said.

Sarah was born in Nashville on April 6th, 1941. She was a graduate of John Early Elementary School in 1953 and Cumberland High School in 1959, where she was an outstanding basketball player. After high school, Sarah earned her professional cosmetology license, which she maintained for the rest of her life.

Sarah met Forte through her older brother, Lee Roy Overstreet, who was his roommate and football teammate at Austin Peay. The Fortes were married on June 29, 1962, at the Fairview Baptist Church in Bordeaux. In August 1962, they moved to Austin Peay, where they lived in the middle of the campus in former U.S. Army barracks that had been converted into married student apartments. Sarah worked in a beauty salon while her husband played in his last football season and completed his senior year of college.

After graduation, the couple moved back to Nashville and went on to have three children. Leonard earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University in January 1969. In June 1969, the Forte family moved to Columbia, Missouri, where Sarah worked as a preschool teacher in the 1970s and 1980s. In 2008, Leonard surprised Sarah by dedicating a bench near the Catherine Evans Harvill Building to mark their 46th wedding anniversary.

The couple traveled to many countries together, including the Republic of the Sudan, Australia, and Italy. Their three children are Ralph Marklin, David Bryan, and Elizabeth Anne Forte Alman. They also have nine grandchildren.

Endowments are permanently restricted funds managed by the Austin Peay State University Foundation. The amount of each scholarship award may vary and will be determined based upon the value of the endowment and the Foundation spending plan.



The Sarah Overstreet-Forte Scholarship is part of the “What if” Comprehensive Campaign for Austin Peay State University, which launched on November 19th, 2020. To learn more about the campaign, visit or connect with us on Facebook (, Twitter (, Instagram ( using #whatifapsu.

To support APSU fundraising initiatives, contact the Office of University Advancement at 931.221.7127.




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