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Department Scholarships, Honors and Awards


Departmental Scholarships are available from the Financial Aid Office. High consideration is given to those students with a record of academic excellence and departmental service.

Dr. Helen O'Flaherty Scholarship, in honor of a former professor, is awarded annually to a student majoring in Early Childhood Education who demonstrates financial need. Membership in a minority group will be given preference. The prior year recipient will automatically receive the award if he or she maintains satisfactory academic progress under university policies.

The Carol Mulloy Scholarship
The Carol Mulloy Scholarship is awarded to a Fitchburg area Sophomore or Senior based upon need (first priority) and merit. Applicants must meet or exceed the university requirements for the major and GPA.

The Class of 1950 Scholarship is given each academic year to an Education Major.

The Ethel P. Mandrus Donahue ('41) Scholarship
The Ethel P. Mandrus Donahue ('41) Scholarship is awarded to an incoming Freshman from the Springfield area in Western Massachusetts and is based on need or merit with a preference to need. Applicants should have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better and involvement in school activities.

The Eunice J. Matson Scholarship
The Eunice J. Matson Scholarship was established in 1981 in memory of Eunice Matson, Director of the Alliance for Resource Management, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The student receiving the scholarship must be full-time, majoring in Special Education or Behavioral Science, and be a Junior or Senior. Applications may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office in the Sanders building. The recipient is determined by a committee from the Association of Retarded Citizens Office. The Award is given at a dinner in the Fall.

The Jeanne M. Joyal '53 Endowed Scholarship will provide scholarship assistance to a resident of Western Massachusetts who will be a first-year student and majoring in elementary education. The recipient must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in high school and demonstrate school and community participation. Ms. Joyal was an elementary school teacher in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and in Enfield, Connecticut. Most recently she retired from her duties as a supervisor of teacher education at Westfield State.

The Kay Flynn Scholarship is awarded to a full-time sophomore, junior or senior with primary concentration in Special education with a 3.2 GPA or higher. Preference will be given to non-repeating student recipients. Preference will be given to students who show evidence of good character and active participation in extra-curricular activities and/or community service with special needs individuals. If a student does not return to school, does not complete both semesters of the academic year, or does not meet the criteria, the remaining scholarship may be awarded immediately to a deserving student following the above criteria.

The Owens Mara Scholarship is given each academic year to a Junior in Elementary Education with outstanding academic strengths and promise as a teacher. This award was established by the eighth President of Fitchburg State University (1976 - 1996), Dr. Vincent J. and Mrs. Claire Owens Mara.

The Robert A. Fitzmaurice Connors '63 Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student in the Early Childhood Education Program who demonstrates the ability to be an outstanding early childhood educator.

There is also a State Scholarship Award for Special Education Majors. The information is available in the Financial Aid Office located in the Anthony Building. The award criteria includes the following: academic excellence as seen in the overall cum and major cum; university community involvement; community involvement outside the university; the breadth and diversity of questions asked in university courses; excellence as evidenced in pre-practicum experiences and excellence in student teaching.

The Pamela and Lawrence Hill Scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior or senior student with a major in middle school education. Qualified students should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Preference will be given to students who display evidence of good character and active participation service to the community and involvement in middle schools or work with young adolescents. Contact the Education Department for more information.

Department Honors

Students are eligible for a variety of academic honors including:

Honors / Leadership Program
The Fitchburg State University Leadership program provides an integrated set of courses for entering honors students. The Freshman program includes extensive reading. The leadership seminar introduces students to a wide variety of faculty projects. The program offers extra-curricula experiences for cultural enrichment. The culmination of the honors program is the research and writing of an independent thesis. Consult the Leadership Academy at (978) 665-3611 for further information.

Kappa Delta Pi National Education Honor Society
Kappa Delta Pi was organized to recognize excellence in education. It encourages improvement, distinction in achievement, and contributions to education. Selection is based on a cumulative average of 3.20, a commitment to education as a career, and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession.

The Dean's List
Students with a grade point average of 3.20 are recognized for this distinction.

The President's List
Students with a grade point average of 3.75 for three consecutive semesters are recognized by the Fitchburg State University President.

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and colleges
Each fall, nominations are made to the Dean of Student and Academic Life. Students who maintain a high academic average of 3.5 + and have participated in civic or university activities are eligible.

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Department Awards

Each year the Department recognizes outstanding seniors from each Education concentration at the university's Annual Honor's Convocation, held in April. Students selected for these prestigious honors have demonstrated not only strong leadership and academic abilities, but also possess the humanistic skills necessary to become caring and ethical educators.

  • Outstanding Senior in Early Childhood Education
  • Outstanding Senior in Elementary Education
  • Outstanding Senior in Middle School Education
  • Outstanding Senior in Special Education
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in Educational Leadership and Management
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School and Special Education

The Carla Borg Award (Graduate)
The Carla Borg Award is a monetary award given in the former faculty member's memory by her family and friends. It is awarded by the Special Education faculty to a graduate student who has demonstrated extraordinary skill and effort in promoting the inclusion of all students including those with disabilities.

The Department Service Award
The Department Service Award is a plaque given to a senior Special Education Major who the Special Education faculty determines has worked hard for the betterment of the Department.

The Dorothy Meilinger Award
The Dorothy Meilinger Award has a stipend of $100 which is given to a Special Education student who has a GPA of 3.5. Applications can be obtained in the Financial Aid Office in the Anthony building.

The Lena Caron Award
The Lena Caron Award is a plaque and a stipend given by the teachers in the Prospect School of Gardner, Massachusetts, to a Special Education student who has at least a cumulative average of 3.0. The Special Education Department faculty then award it to a senior who shows promise as a teacher and intends to pursue graduate studies in Special Education.

The Student Council for Exceptional Children Award
The Student Council for Exceptional Children Award is also determined by the Special Education Department faculty. This award is presented to a student who has obtained at least a 3.0 average in the major and has demonstrated outstanding effort in advancing the goals of the Special Education Club, a student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children which is a national professional organization.

The William J. Goldman Award
The William J. Goldman Award is given to an outstanding senior who has maintained excellent standing in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and community service. A plaque is presented to the student at Convocation. This award is determined by the Special Education faculty.