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Generosity & compassion underscore Edinboro’s Graduate Studies scholarship

Awards ceremony Thursday afternoon


When Edinboro University’s School of Graduate Studies launched its first ever “Scholarship Challenge” last spring, officials hoped enough money would be raised for a single scholarship award.

Because of generous donations from students, faculty and others, however, the contributions significantly exceeded expectations. As a result of the high level of giving, Edinboro’s Office for Advancement provided an additional $1,000 match.

When the awards ceremony is held in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., not one, but three scholarships will be granted to Edinboro graduate students.

According to Dr. Alan Biel, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, the Graduate Studies Scholarship Challenge was created last spring to further help grad students with higher education attainment.

“The fun and competitive aspects of this initiative were outshone only by the generosity of so many who contributed,” Biel said. He also said there was an “overwhelming sense of compassion, as evidenced by the Graduate Student Council’s request that students be given the opportunity to apply for scholarship awards on behalf of other students. They were concerned that many highly deserving individuals might be unable to apply for themselves.”         

Because of the generosity of many, one student from each of three graduate programs was selected to receive a scholarship. These grants will be used to help offset costs associated with the current Fall 2012 Semester.

One student from the Masters in Counseling program will receive $1,300; one in the Masters in Communication Studies Program will receive $1,000; and one in the Masters of Education in Reading program will receive $500.

The winning students will be revealed during the Thursday afternoon awards ceremony.

(Note to news directors and assigning editors: Coverage is encouraged. Photo, video and interview opportunities will be available with Dean Biel and students.)