The Neag School of Education honored more than 100 of its students last night at its 22nd Annual Honors Celebration. The event, held at the Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts on the UConn Storrs campus, brought together the student recipients of this year’s Neag School-affiliated scholarships, their guests, and the donors whose contributions to the School make these crucial sources of financial support possible.
Scholarship support comes from a wide range of individuals – including Neag School benefactors Ray and Carole Neag, as well as Neag School and UConn alumni; current University faculty and administrators; and families of former Neag School staff and alumni, among others.
During the reception preceding the formal ceremony, student recipients had an opportunity to connect personally with the donors responsible for providing their scholarship support. Among the student award recipients this year is Luis Organista ’14 (CAHNR), a UConn alum entering the Neag School’s Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates (TCPCG) this May. Named the first student recipient of the newly established Valerie J. Pichette Scholarship Fund, he met with members of the Pichette family, who established the fund in Valerie Pichette’s memory.
“I hope that they maybe will follow me in my career and see where I head so that they can see the potential that I’ve reached,” Organista said.
Student scholarship recipients are selected by members of the Neag Alumni Board, who review applications throughout the fall semester.
In addition to the student awards, Neag School associate professor Todd Campbell received the David Blick Science Education Award, and RoseAnne Vojtek, principal of Ivy Drive Elementary School in Bristol, Conn., received the UCEA Educational Leadership Award.
Congratulations to this year’s award recipients:
UCEA EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) is a membership association of higher education institutions that promotes excellence in continuing higher education. This award is in recognition of practicing school administrators who have made neynificant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation.
Dr. RoseAnne Vojtek,
Principal, Ivy Drive Elementary School, Bristol, Conn.
NEAG SCHOOL OF EDUCATION ALUMNI SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a student(s) enrolled in the Neag School. This fund was established by the Neag School Alumni Society and recently funded by Neag School alumni and friends.
TEACHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS
Friends & Colleagues of Francis X. Archambault, Jr. Fellowship
Established by friends and colleagues to honor Dr. Francis X. Archambault, professor emeritus. This scholarship provides support to a Ph.D. candidate in the field of measurement, evaluation and assessment, who demonstrates academic excellence.
Established by Carmen Effron in memory of her father, Kenneth Arminio. This scholarship is awarded to students with a demonstrated interest in teaching as a profession and with a proven track record of academic excellence.
Fuller Scholarship for Social Justice in Education
This scholarship was established by Ms. Katie G. Fuller to provide scholarship support for University students enrolled in the Neag School of Education’s Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program, with priority consideration to students who are also enrolled in the University’s Stamps Leadership Scholars Program.
The Herbert and Sarah M. Gibor Charitable Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial support for students enrolled in the University’s Neag School of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The recipient must demonstrate an interest in teaching as a profession and have a proven track record of academic excellence.
Robert H. Hart Fellowship
This fellowship was established in memory of Dr. Ronald P. Hart’s father and UConn alumnus, Robert H. Hart, in order to provide financial support for students enrolled in UConn’s Neag School of Education with priority consideration given to those who are from, student teach or plan to teach in Meriden, Conn.
Lodewick TNE Alumni Scholarship
Established by Philip H. and Christine Lodewick. This scholarship provides support for students enrolled in the IB/M program with a demonstrated intention to pursue a career as a K-12 teacher.
Ora Lee Morrison Scholarship
Established by Michael and Monique Watson in memory of Ora Lee Morrison. This scholarship provides support to students enrolled in the IB/M or TCPCG program with a demonstrated interest in teaching as a profession.
Paula Riggi Singer Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Ms. Paula R. Singer to provide scholarship support for University students enrolled in the Neag School of Education, with priority consideration to those students who are also enrolled in the University’s Honors Program.
Husky Teach Noyce Scholarship
Funded by the National Science Foundation and competitively available to universities, Noyce Scholarships support STEM education throughout the United States. UConn’s Noyce program, called Husky Teach, is situated at the Avery Point campus. As a condition of the scholarship, recipients agree to teach science full time for a minimum of two years in a high-needs school.
DEPARTMENT OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION SCHOLARSHIPS
David Blick Science Education Award
In recognition and encouragement of innovative and/or collaborative efforts in science education, this award is given to a Neag School student, faculty member, alumnus/alumna of the School, or a member of the faculty of another School or College of the University.
Dr. D. Todd Campbell
Andrews International Education Award
The fund was established by Dr. Frank Andrews Stone in honor of his mother, Ruth, and her five siblings, originally of Pasadena, Calif., whose careers demonstrated concern for international awareness and understanding.
The Betty Bussman Education Fund
This scholarship was established through the generosity of Mrs. Betty Bussman and is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students who are planning careers in elementary education. The award is based on financial need, academic excellence, and a demonstrated interest in and concern for the needs of children.
Thomas & Francine DeFranco Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Thomas, professor and former Dean of the Neag School, and his wife Francine, Associate University Librarian, to provide support to an academically outstanding incoming or continuing student enrolled full time in the IB/M program, with priority consideration given to a math education major.
Degnan Family Scholarship
This scholarship was established by James and Elizabeth Degnan to provide support to an academically outstanding incoming or continuing undergraduate student enrolled full time in the IB/M program, with priority consideration given to a resident of the State of Connecticut.
Shannon Leigh Closter Driscoll Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Shannon Leigh Closter Driscoll, an alumna of the Neag School of Education, by her family and friends. This scholarship is based on financial need, academic achievement, and a demonstrated interest in gifted and talented education.
Eva Eaton Scholarship in Elementary Education
This scholarship, established in honor of Eva Eaton by her family, is based on financial need, academic achievement, and is given to students pursuing a major in elementary education.
Marjory C. Gelfenbien Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Roger Gelfenbien, former UConn Board of Trustees Chairman to honor his wife, Marjory C. Gelfenbien. It is awarded based on academic excellence and outstanding achievement in the areas of teacher education and educational leadership.
George C. and Jane F. Goodale Memorial Scholarship
Established in Jane Goodale’s memory by her husband, George, and her family. This permanently endowed fund is designated for outstanding graduate students in educational anthropology.
Hamilton Sundstrand Challenger 7 Science Education Scholarship
Hamilton Sundstrand employees established this award in memory of the Challenger 7 astronauts. It is designated for students in elementary and secondary science education. Among the criteria considered are past academic achievement and demonstration of potential for future academic and professional accomplishments.
John N. Leach Fellowship
Established in memory of Dr. John N. Leach by his wife, Sofia, and his family, colleagues, and friends. Dr. Leach was a faculty member in the Neag School for 41 years. This scholarship is based on financial need and academic achievement, with priority consideration given to students enrolled full time in the bilingual and multicultural program.
Neag Math and Science Scholarship
Established by Dr. Philip E. Austin, president emeritus. This scholarship provides financial support to a student enrolled in the Neag School who is pursuing a degree in education with a focus on either Math or Science.
Judith A. Meagher Undergraduate Scholarship
Established by the Beta Sigma Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society as a tribute to the many contributions and leadership of Judith Meagher, professor emeritus and former Associate Dean of the Neag School.
Daniel Thomas Perley Scholarship
Established in memory of Daniel Thomas Perley by his wife, this scholarship is awarded to incoming fifth-year students in the IB/M Program who have demonstrated academic achievement in the area of elementary education.
Philo T. Pritzkau Scholarship
Established to provide an award to outstanding minority Neag School graduate students who have shown exemplary scholarship and leadership in research and teaching. This award was established by the students and friends of Dr. Philo T. Pritzkau, professor emeritus of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.
Sidney Skolnick Scholarship
Established through the generosity of Dr. Sidney Skolnick, this scholarship is awarded annually to Neag School students based on financial need and academic excellence.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS
Earle G. Bidwell Educational Leadership Scholarship
This scholarship was established by a cohort of Earle G. Bidwell to provide scholarship support for a graduate student, with priority consideration given to a University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) student.
Sidney P. Marland, Jr. Scholarship for Educational Leadership
This scholarship was established by friends, family, and the estate of Sidney Marland, Jr., former U.S. Commissioner of Education, to provide support for minority undergraduate and graduate students in educational leadership.
Peter J. Nicholls Scholarship in Educational Leadership
This scholarship was established by friends, family, and colleagues of Dr. Peter J. Nicholls, former Provost of the University of Connecticut. This scholarship provides support to a graduate student(s) enrolled in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program.
Karen L. Parizeau Memorial Scholarship
Established to honor the memory and work of Karen Parizeau, a beloved teacher, this scholarship was created by donations from her husband, Philip, their children, Lauren and Philip, and her friends and colleagues. It is intended for experienced teachers pursuing careers in education administration, particularly at the middle-school level.
The Steven J. Smith Scholarship
This scholarship has been established in honor of Dr. Steven J. Smith, UConn alumnus and retired Assistant Dean from the Neag School of Education, to support students enrolled in the Neag School’s Department of Educational Leadership with demonstrated academic achievement and an interest or association with athletics.
Thomas P. Weinland Scholarship
Established by students, colleagues, and family to honor Dr. Thomas P. Weinland, professor emeritus of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, this scholarship is awarded to a deserving student who is preparing to teach secondary history and social studies.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPS
Vernon and Elizabeth Brown Family Scholarship
Made possible by a generous gift from Vernon and Elizabeth Brown, this award is designated for graduate students of the Department of Educational Psychology.
Robert K. Gable Scholarship
Made possible by a gift from Dr. Robert K. Gable, professor emeritus, this scholarship is designated for a graduate student in the Department of Educational Psychology who is enrolled in the Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment Program.
Raymond & Augusta Gerberich Scholarship
In memory of J. Raymond Gerberich, professor emeritus, and his wife, Augusta, this award is presented to doctoral students in the foundation areas (educational psychology, educational evaluation and measurement, statistical methods, or educational philosophy). Basis for this award includes superior academic achievement and financial need.
Lisa Pappanikou Glidden Scholarship
Established in memory of former Neag School staff member Lisa Pappanikou Glidden – and, more recently, in memory of her parents, Lucette Pappanikou and Dr. A.J. Pappanikou, professor emeritus – this fund is intended to enhance the field of special education by providing financial support for graduate students engaged in the study of educating and/or training special-needs youngsters with severe and profound disabilities.
Vivienne Dean Litt Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Vivienne Dean Litt, former Assistant Director of the University Program for Learning Disabilities, by her sons, Martin and Matthew Litt, and her colleagues and friends, this award is designed to promote and encourage the success of a student whose interests and character continue Vivienne’s spirit and professional work with children and/or adults with special needs.
Jessie Carew Moreland Endowment Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Wallace S. Moreland in memory of his first wife, Jessie Carew Moreland. It is presented to students majoring in Special Education who have demonstrated intellectual curiosity, personal integrity, academic achievement, and a serious interest in pursuing a career in the field of developmental disabilities.
Wallace S. Moreland Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Wallace S. Moreland by his four children – Lucy Wistreich, David, Wallace, Jr., and John Moreland – this scholarship is presented to graduate students majoring in special education who have worked with persons with developmental disabilities and who demonstrate promise of becoming a leader in the field.
Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis Renzulli Fund for Graduate Studies in Gifted Education
Made possible by a gift from Drs. Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis Renzulli, this scholarship provides support to a student pursuing an MA or Ph.D. in gifted education and talent development with demonstrated academic achievement.
Susan Hope Sherman Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to graduate or undergraduate students majoring in special education, particularly those working with persons with developmental disabilities.
Valerie J. Pichette Scholarship
This scholarship was established with the support of Valerie J. Pichette’s family, friends, colleagues across the Neag School and the larger University, as well as students past and present, in honor of her 30 years of service to the state of Connecticut and will offer financial assistance to students enrolled in the Neag School’s teacher education program.
Harry J. Hartley Scholarship
The Harry J. Hartley Scholarship was established by Dr. Hartley, who formerly served as Dean of the School of Education, as well as Vice President for finance and administration and President of the University of Connecticut, to provide scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Neag School of Education.
Gloria A. Murray Scholarship
This scholarship is in memory of Brandon Murray’s grandmother and James Murray’s mother, Gloria A. Murray, and was established to provide scholarship support for University students enrolled in the Neag School of Education.
Juros Scholarship for the Neag School of Education
This scholarship is given to Neag School undergraduate students with demonstrated academic achievement. This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Thomas S. Juros.
Irene P. and Emanuel A. Makiaris Scholarship in the Neag School of Education
This scholarship is given to Neag School students preparing to be teachers through either the IB/M or TCPCG program. This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Irene P. and Emanuel A. Makiaris.
Yaoxin and Ethel W. Rong International Education Scholarship
Established in memory of Dr. Yuhang Rong’s grandparents, Yaoxin and Ethel Rong, this scholarship is awarded to a Neag School student with demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in international education.
This scholarship has been established for the purpose of supporting outstanding academic achievement, contribution to the University and the community, and participation in extracurricular activities. Financial support comes from the generous contribution of Raymond and Carole Neag, as well as contributions from the faculty and staff of the Neag School of Education.
Mark St. George
Neag School of Education Undergraduate Scholarship
Established thanks to the generosity of numerous faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Neag School of Education, this scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who were identified by nomination in their programs as having strong academic performance and having gone above and beyond by contributing significantly to the Neag School.
Neag School of Education Graduate Fellowship
Established thanks to the generosity of numerous faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Neag School of Education, this scholarship is awarded to a graduate student identified by nomination in his or her program as having a strong academic performance and having gone above and beyond by contributing significantly to the Neag School.
Neag School Veterans Fund Scholarship
This scholarship was established for students who are either U.S. service members or veterans who have served in Afghanistan or Iraq. The funds, which may be used for tuition, course materials, and other educational expenses, are also available to the children of a veteran enrolled in the Neag School.
Richard L. and Kristin E. Schwab Fellowship
This fund was established to provide financial support in the form of a graduate assistantship to an incoming or continuing graduate student enrolled in the Neag School who has demonstrated their academic achievement.