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2014 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

After much deliberation on the part of the Pi Gamma Mu Awards Committee, the committee's chairperson, Dr. Clara Small, recommended 11 scholarship winners to the Board of Trustees.  The board awarded the scholarships to the following lifetime members of Pi Gamma Mu:

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Andrew Choi

The Marvel Stockwell Scholarship of $2000 was awarded to Andrew Choi.  He earned two B.S. degrees with majors in psychology and sociology from the University of Utah where he joined the Utah Gamma chapter.  Choi graduated magna cum laude with university and departmental honors.  He is now enrolled in the graduate school at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is seeking an M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology.  Choi's long term goal is to work as a professor in counseling psychology.  He seeks to advance research as well as its dissemination via higher education, clinical training, and advice on relevant social policy.

Brian Denny is the recipient of the $2000 Carroll Parrish Scholarship.  He is a member of the Florida Zeta Chapter at Florida State University.  He is now attending the University of California, Irvine where he is pursuing a doctoral degree in political science.  Denny said, "My broadest aim in pursuing a graduate degree in the social sciences is to benefit others in a meaningful way."  His goals include guiding future students, informing government policies, and contributing towards a greater understanding of specific issues impacting our world.

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Brian Denny
     
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Maximilian Stiefel
The winner of the $2000 Effie B. Urquhart Scholarship is Maximilian Stiefel.  He became a member at the Utah Gamma chapter at the University of Utah.  He is now attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, at which he is working toward an M.A. and a Ph.D. in geography.  Stiefel's goals include helping to "educate future generations to promote human and environmental health, robust economies, and resilient communities."  He is passionate about sustainable development in emerging or recently industrialized countries from a heterodox perspective.

Dana Ritchey was awarded the $1000 Daniel E. Quigley Law Scholarship.  She graduated from Washington and Jefferson College where she joined the Pennsylvania Alpha Omicron chapter.  She is now enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Ritchey said, "I have chosen law as my field of study because I believe it is a great way to enhance our community by sharing knowledge with others."  In her undergraduate education Ritchey was awarded grant funds to research the environmental efforts of European countries.  She shared new methods with her classmates to help make cities more environmentally friendly.
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Dana Ritchey
     
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Coley Jennifer Bartholomew

The Gordon E. Mercer Scholarship of $1000 went to Coley Jennifer Bartholomew.  She joined the North Carolina Lambda chapter at Western Carolina University where she earned dual degrees in political science and public relations.  She is now in the graduate program in public affairs at Western Carolina University.  She stated, "The public affairs program is designed to take an in depth look at the skills needed for managing cities, countries and even states; which I believe will be the best way to equip me for my future public service career."  She also stated, "During my tenure in government, I hope to develop programs that incorporate regions and districts and include partners to maximize programs and projects."



The following, in alphabetical order, were awarded $1000 Pi Gamma Mu scholarships:

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Amy Burns

Amy Burns joined Pi Gamma Mu through the Arkansas Delta chapter at Southern Arkansas University.  She is now working on an M.S. degree in Mental Health and Clinical Counseling at the university.  Her career goal is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She said, "first and foremost, I want to help others who are hurting or just need a listening ear; and second, I want to do what I feel I am called and gifted to do."

Anthony Jablonecki joined the South Carolina Gamma chapter at Winthrop University where he earned a B.A. degree in sociology.  He is currently enrolled at the University of South Carolina and is working toward a master's degree in public administration.  Joblonecki stated, "Civic engagement is the quintessential form of communication between the people and their government."  He also said that he is curious about the discipline of public administration "because the essence of representative democracy resides within the individual, and through hard work and perseverance, such an individual can make a difference." 

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Anthony Jablonecki  
     
Linnerson
Victoria Linnerson
Victoria Linnerson joined the Nebraska Delta chapter at Wayne State College where she graduated with a B.S. in psychology.  She is currently pursuing a M.A. degree in social psychology at the University or Northern Iowa.  Her long-term goal is to earn a doctorate in the same field of study and to pursue a research career.  Within the field of social psychology she is interested in attitudes, prejudice and stereotypes specifically with gender, race, and self-identity.  She stated that she believes that "graduate study is important for a person aspiring for a career as a researcher." 

Haley Messerschmidt joined Pi Gamma Mu though the Nebraska Delta Chapter at Wayne State College where she majored in criminal justice and minored in pre-law and emergency management.  She is currently seeking a law degree University of Nebraska College of Law.  Messerschmidt said, "the knowledge I gained through my undergraduate studies has provided me with a unique perspective and understanding of the justice system, which will prove beneficial as I enter law school and serve in the field of criminal law."
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Haley Messerschmidt
     
Moseley
William Tyler Moseley

William Tyler Moseley Joined the Georgia Kappa Chapter located at the University of North Georgia where he earned a B.S. degree in criminal justice and is currently working toward a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in criminal justice administration.  Mosely said, "My goal is to become a public servant that can be relied upon by the government agency that I will work for, and to be an administrator that focuses on serving the public first.  I want to be able to make a difference in the community that I will serve."

Tanisha Nicole Robinson joined Pi Gamma Mu through the Virginia Epsilon chapter at Radford University.  She obtained a B.S. in history with minors in biology and studio art.  She is currently working on a Master's degree in social work at Rutgers University in New Jersey.  She said, "My dream job is to be a Medical Social Worker and work in a hospital and educating people in underserved areas on basic public health practices." She plans to eventually get a doctorate in public health education. 

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Tanisha Nicole Robinson






 

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