2012-13 Graduate Scholarships Awarded

“Love should govern education,” says Kelsie Brook, the 2012-13 recipient of the Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship. Brook’s philosophy was shared with her father, a former high school math teacher, who’s passion for education inspired her career path.

Brook is pursuing a Master of Education in Heritage Studies and wants to gain state certification to teach social studies. She earned a BA in political science at Principia College. Brook was on the Dean’s List as an undergrad, and was a student government representative and the women’s lacrosse captain. She has maintained a high grade point average in grad school, while coaching lacrosse at PSU and basketball and soccer at Plymouth Regional High School.

A PSU professor, who recommended Brook for the scholarship, described her as “insightful, creative, dedicated and professional.” Added her nominator: “She is truly committed to education and to being a transformational leader in education.”

Candid in a telephone interview, Brook’s enthusiasm for education reached through the wires. “Teacher’s are inclined to present solutions,” she says. “But I believe that students should be able to solve problems themselves.”

Brook is eager to foster that type of environment in the classroom and views her career as an opportunity to inspire students. Her commitment and compassionate approach to education recalls the late Dr. Dennise Maslakowski, the former associate vice president of the College of Graduate Studies, for whom the scholarship Brook received was named. “Kelsie is the kind of energetic and committed individual that Dennise would have appreciated, and that she herself epitomized,” says George Tuthill, interim associate vice president of the PSU College of Graduate Studies.

In addition to the Maslakowski Scholarship, the College of Graduate Studies recently awarded a number of other 2012-13 Scholarships. The recipients of the merit-based scholarships were selected based upon their academic and professional achievements and commitment to graduate study, among other factors.

Recipients of the 2012-13 scholarships are listed below, along with their programs of study. Join us in congratulating these talented graduate students.

Graduate Scholarship

  • Jill Tarkelson, MEd, School Counseling
  • Aurelia Moran, MEd, Mental Health Counseling
  • Kenneth Monahan, MBA, Human Side of Enterprise
  • Chelsea Friend, MAT, Science Education
  • Kimberly Warren, CAGS, Educational Leadership
  • Nicole Schnee, MAT, Science Education
  • Jeffrey Gleason, MBA, Organizational Communication

Graduate Research Fund Scholarship
Designed to help cover costs related to a student’s research project, which is part of the requirements for completion of his/her degree.

  • Justin Brigham, MS, Biology
  • Brooks Henningsen, MS, Biology

Artelia and Olan Ray Historic Preservation Graduate Scholarship

  • Amanda Amidon, Historic Preservation Certificate


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