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2021 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

After much deliberation on the part of the Pi Gamma Mu Awards Committee, the committee's chairperson, Dr. Clara Small, recommended 6 applicants to the Board of Trustees. The Trustees awarded scholarships to the following lifetime members of Pi Gamma Mu: Kristen Renee Moran, Laura Guida, Branson Michael Freeman, Canei Mone’t Hines, James Langford, and Shantecia Lynette Johnson.

Kristen Renee Moran

Kristen Renee Moran was awarded a $2,000 Pi Gamma Mu scholarship.  She was inducted into Pi Gamma Mu during her undergraduate studies at Wilmington University. In 2019, Moran received her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences, along with certificates in Conflict Resolution and Child Advocacy Studies. She credits her close relationship with her brother, Brian, for influencing her career path and passions in assisting families to operate at their full potentials. Since graduating, Moran is continuing her education, working toward a Master’s degree in Applied Family Science from Wilmington University. With this degree, she plans to become a Certified Family Life Educator to provide educational resources for families within her community. Throughout her academic career, she has mentored freshman students navigating their transitions to college life through her university’s Student Success Center. She now works for EPIC, a Delaware nonprofit organization promoting opportunities for independence and community integration for adults with intellectual disabilities. In her personal time, Moran enjoys spending time with her nieces, making jewelry, cooking, writing music, and exploring other creative outlets. Regarding her membership with Pi Gamma Mu, she is “truly appreciative of the personal connections, funding, and publishing opportunities made available to [her].”  This Pi Gamma Mu scholarship will allow her to graduate debt-free from her graduate program.  Dr. Johanna Bishop is the Chapter Faculty Sponsor of the Delaware Beta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu. 

 

Laura Guida
Laura Guida received a $2,000 scholarship from Pi Gamma Mu.  Guida graduated from Trinity College, Connecticut, and is presently attending New York University.  She is working towards a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work.  Guida said, “Pi Gamma Mu has provided me with an incredible network of people and opportunities that have inspired me to pursue my career goals. After working three years in marketing, I decided to pursue the career I had always known I wanted to be in. I currently attend New York University Silver School of Social Work in the hopes of becoming an LCSW and working in a clinical setting with children and adolescents who are struggling with various mental illnesses.”  Dr. Nicholas Woolley is the Chapter Faculty Sponsor of the Connecticut Alpha Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu.

 

Branson Michael Freeman
Branson Michael Freeman was awarded a Pi Gamma Mu scholarship in the amount of $2,000.  Freeman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree while majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice at Newman University in May of 2020. He was a member of the Honors Program and was inducted into the Kansas Theta Chapter at Newman University as an undergraduate student. He is currently working on a Master of Social Work degree. He has long-term goals to promote policies that support human rights and serve clients in a private practice. He has an interest to support immigration rights in the United States and may do so through political aspirations. He has served internships at the Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention and Residential Facilities, Serenity Home Health and Hospice Care, and currently works with the Wichita Fire Department. He hopes his variety of educational interests and experiences makes him a more complete person and a well-rounded social worker.  Dr. C. Laurence (Larry) Heck is the Chapter Faculty Sponsor of the Kansas Theta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu.

 

Canei Mone’t Hines
Canei Mone’t Hines received a $1,000 Pi Gamma Mu scholarship.  Hines completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland Global Campus in July of 2019 and is presently attending Boston University where she is working towards a Master’s degree in Social Work.  Regarding her graduate education, Hines said, “Earning this degree will be bigger than a personal achievement.  It will allow me the space and opportunity to make a difference in my community.  I will use my platform to advocate for public policy that protects women, recognizes their significance to our society, and ensures equality across all social dynamics.”  Katherine Im is the Chapter Faculty Sponsor of the Maryland Theta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu.

 

James Langford
James Langford received the $1,000 Gordon E. Mercer Scholarsrhip.  Langford graduated from Colorado College in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He was inducted into the Colorado Epsilon Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu in the same year. He is currently attending the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where he is working on a Master of Arts degree in political science. There he works as a tutor for UTEP's student athletes. Dr. Dana Wittmer is the Chapter Faculty Sponsor of the Colorado Epsilon Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu.

 

Shantecia Lynette Johnson
Shantecia Lynette Johnson received the Dan Quigley Scholarship of $1,000. The International Board of Trustees funded this scholarship to memorialize Atty. Dan Quigley, Pi Gamma Mu's late legal counsel. This scholarship is awarded specifically to students in their first year of law school.  Johnson attended undergrad at Southern University A&M College and was inducted into the Southern University Chapter in 2017 where Professor Blanche Smith was the faculty advisor. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Johnson enjoys researching and learning about new and passed laws.  In the future, she hopes to help falsely accused victims become free of the system. She will be receiving a dual MPA/JD degree at Southern University Law Center. Her long-term goal is to become a criminal, civil and juvenile defense attorney. After approximately ten years serving the field, she plans to run for a judge seat at the 19th JDC in Baton Rouge, La. When asked about her membership in Pi Gamma Mu, Johnson said, "My membership in Pi Gamma Mu has impacted me immensely, especially in providing me with opportunities such as this to earn scholarships that have helped towards lowering my financial burden in achieving my career dreams and obtaining a legal education."  Dr. Shawn Comminey is the Chapter Faculty Sponsor of the Louisiana Epsilon chapter at Southern University.

 

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