PSU Announces Dr. Dennise Maslakowski Scholarship

January 30th, 2009 by Adam

Plymouth State University is initiating a scholarship in memory of Dr. Dennise Maslakowski, PSU’s associate vice president of the College of Graduate Studies, who passed away late last year. Maslakowski’s extraordinary educational leadership spanned more than three decades, and her name is synonymous with graduate education throughout the state of New Hampshire. The scholarship will be available to New Hampshire residents seeking a graduate degree in education.

Irvin D. Gordon, Dennise Maslakowski’s husband, said the scholarship will help further his late wife’s lifelong work.
“I could think of no better tribute to Dennise than a fund that would help others–that’s what her life was about,” Gordon said. “She helped hundreds of people reach their full potential through graduate education. The Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship Fund will not only keep alive Dennise’s memory, but also her life’s mission.”

Maslakowski, a reading and learning disability specialist, served as coordinator of elementary education, director of graduate studies and associate vice president at PSU. She initiated and supported hundreds of partnerships among PSU, other institutions of higher education, and organizations and agencies. Under Maslakowski’s leadership, the PSU College of Graduate Studies has grown from approximately 500 to over 3,000 students. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Dr. Maslakowski’s efforts had an enormous impact on Plymouth State.

“Dennise was a visionary, someone who inspired students and colleagues because she believed so firmly in the transformative power of education,” Steen said. “Dennise’s vision led her to develop innovative, challenging, and flexible programs for working professionals, creating opportunities for students in New Hampshire and beyond.”

Maslakowski’s work previously has been recognized with awards such as the New Hampshire Excellence in Education (EDie) Award, Women in Leadership Award, Leadership in the Arts Award, a New England Reading Association Award, and the PSU Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. She co-authored 25 curriculum guides in K–12 literacy for school districts in New Hampshire and Maryland and made hundreds of national and international presentations in her field. In December she received PSU’s highest academic honor, the Harold E. Hyde Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership.

The Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship Fund will honor Dennise’s commitment to teaching and to the encouragement of talented and motivated teachers by providing scholarships to deserving New Hampshire residents enrolled in PSU’s Graduate School of Education. The recipients should be striving to reach their full potential and should demonstrate exceptional character in pursuing their goal.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes