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International Honor Society in Social Sciences
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SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

After much deliberation on the part of the Scholarship Committee, Chairman Dr. Charles McClellan recommended the following scholarship winners to the Board of Trustees.  Each of these candidates has met the expectations of the trustees who are pleased to award the scholarships to:

Angela BergkampThe Marvel Stockwell Scholarship was given to Angela Bergkamp.  She graduated from Newman University where she joined the Kansas Theta chapter.  She is now in the Social Work program at Newman University.  At the age of eleven Bergkamp saw abuse and injustice in her neighborhood and decided that she wanted to work with the marginalized and oppressed.  She has a minor in Spanish and wants to work with the Latino population.  Her background includes "working in impoverished countries doing mission work, working in the service spectrum of schools, and in coordinating groups for service and community involvement.

Jessica Archer"The Dan Quigley Law Scholarship, which honors the memory of Pi Gamma Mu's long-time corporate attorney, is given to Jessica Archer.  Archer is a member of the North Carolina Mu chapter at Campbell University.  She is now matriculating at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University.  Her desire is "to be an advocate for children, because they are the innocent ones, the defenseless, and the ones whose lives can be so drastically altered by the decisions of others.  I have a passion for helping children who may be abused, neglected, or malnourished because every child deserves the opportunity to grow and learn, but many are scarred by difficult lives and need help."

 

Ashley WarcholAshley Warchol is the recipient of the $2,000 Carroll Parish Scholarship.  She joined the Illinois Rho chapter at Eureka College.  She is now attending The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, MO.  Her plan is to received her Doctorate in Psychology and become a clinical psychologist.       Warchol also has a minor in Spanish and interned with Berpiztu Elkartea, a non-profit organization located in Spain.  She relates that, "while assisting at a local homeless shelter and at area nursing homes, I have conversed with the residents, many of whom just need someone to listen respectfully to them rather than give advice or dismiss them."

Michael StaibWinner of the $2,000 Effie Urquhart Scholarship is Michael Staib from the New York Tau chapter at Pace University.  He is now matriculating at Pace University Law School.  Staib reports that, "As a proud American, I remain morally compelled to preserve our constitutional foundation; the democratic framework that fundamentally forms American jurisprudence.  To me, a reputable lawyer maintains unvarnished integrity, virtuously defending her/his clients' rights and fiduciary interests in the most competent manner possible."   He interned at the Yonkers Westchester D.A.'s Office, and was a Legal Assistant analyzing Collection Law cases.  While working at Campbell Law Offices, he drafted Bills of Particulars and implemented various legal responsibilities.
 

The following were chosen for the $1,000 Pi Gamma Mu scholarships:

Krysta MartinezKrysta Martinez joined Pi Gamma Mu at the Philippine Alpha chapter at University of the Philippines.  She is now working toward her Masters Degree in International Relations at the IE School of Arts and Humanities in Madrid, Spain.  She plans for a career in International Development Management.  Her goal is to "work for the United Nations in meeting the Millennium Development Goals of countries struggling to catch up – goals I find time-bound, measurable and actionable."  She also hopes to concentrate on "meeting the development goals of my own country by working as a consultant to the government and being our country's representative to international forums…then, in the later part of my career, I wish to train future international development managers by sharing my life-long work teaching as a professor."

 

Maureen NormandMaureen Normand is attending the Smith College School for Social Work.  Normand joined Pi Gamma Mu at Springfield College's Massachusetts Epsilon chapter.  Normand stated that she is "fascinated by the subject of human growth and development and the effects of abuse on the human psyche."  She hopes to "come alongside oppressed, hurting, and disadvantaged people in order to assist in the healing process."  Normand has had 10 years of volunteer work including working with women recovering from substance abuse, counseling with women in a correctional facility, and volunteering in a court system as an advocate in a domestic violence unit.  She has chosen Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Social Work as her profession.

 

Katherine RisleyKatherine Risley joined the Illinois Gamma chapter at Bradley University.  She is now in the Social Work program at George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.  Risley said, "I plan to pursue programs such as foster care, adoption, crisis nurseries, homeless shelters, family counseling, as well as other family services."  She is learning American Sign Language to be able to communicate with the Deaf community.  At the St. Louis Crisis Nursery where she interned, she was trained in developmental assessments, therapeutic counseling, and crisis interventions.  She hopes to value the client's well being, build relationships, provide a necessary service, and advocate for social justice.

 

Kevin Steiner

Kevin Steiner is now attending the Masters of Applied Sciences in Economics program at Marquette University and preparing for a career in consulting, market analysis and teaching.  He joined Pi Gamma Mu through the Wisconsin Gamma chapter at St. Norbert College.  He hopes to do business consulting and eventually become a college professor. According to Steiner, "I feel that economics is an extremely important perspective to convey since it is so vital not only to business, but personal decision making as well."

Congratulations to each of these scholarship recipients.

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