Karen Redd of Campton has received the Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship from Plymouth State University. Redd is pursuing a Master of Education in K-12 Education with a concentration in special education through PSU’s College of Graduate Studies. The scholarship was created in memory of Maslakowski, who passed away late last year after a brief illness. At the time of her death, she was the Associate Vice President of the College of Graduate Studies. Redd worked with Maslakowski and said she is honored to receive the $1,000 scholarship.
“I applied for this scholarship, knowing Dennise’s love for education was something I immensely respected,” Redd said. “I hope to have one-tenth of her enthusiasm for special education.”
George Tuthill, Interim Associate Vice President of the College of Graduate Studies, said Redd was chosen because of her commitment to pursuing her graduate education.
“Karen’s decision to redirect her life toward special education, and her courage in following through, make her a most fitting recipient of the Maslakowski Scholarship,” Tuthill said.
Redd originally graduated from Plymouth State in 1991, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Following her graduation, she worked at Canterbury Shaker Village for 12 years, eventually as the historic site’s office manager. From there, she moved on to the The Friends Program, a Concord-based social service agency. All the while, Redd kept pondering her lifelong dream of working with special education students, and in the fall of 2007, she decided to make the dream a reality. She began working at the College of Graduate Studies as an administrative assistant, enabling her to take classes at a reduced tuition rate.
“I have wanted to do this all of my life, working with special education kids,” said Redd. “I’m very honored by this scholarship because it symbolizes Dennise; I actually had her as an undergraduate teacher and she was a favorite.”</p.
Redd will finish her master’s degree by the fall of 2011. She currently resides in Campton, NH.
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