The College of Education awarded scholarships to 14 graduate students this year. They are:
- Nathan Dana and Lesley Gray, both of Sunderland, MA., and Kathryn Richardson of Belchertown, MA., Meline Kasparian Scholarships;
- Vanessa Cramer of Shutesbury, MA., The Janice Camby Endowed Scholarship and The Helen Eaton Timson Scholarship;
- Joshua Nugent and Xiaoshu Jing, both of Amherst, MA., Camby Scholarships;
- Daryl Essensa of Greenfield, MA., C. Lynn Vendien Professional Prize Award;
- Congling April Zhang of New Bedford, MA., C. Lynn Vendien Endowed Scholarship;
- James Anthony Randall of Takomar Park, MD, Early Childhood Education Graduate Student Fund;
- Elizabeth Scheffey of Leverett, MA., The Grace Norton Carney Scholarship;
- Bethany Politylo of Sunderland, MA, and Melinda Eichhorn of Pickerington, OH., Joseph W. Keilty Memorial Scholarships;
- Shannon Doyle of Northampton, MA. and Jeremey Wright of Millers Falls, MA., Patricia Silver Awards.
"The decision to go back to school at this point in my life has a financial impact, so receiving this scholarship has been invaluable," said 2009 C. Lynn Vendien Professional Prize Award recipient Daryl Essensa. "I am so thankful to the donor for providing this financial assistance, as it will help me focus on my development as a scholar of education. My hope is that through my studies at UMassAmherst, I might become a professor who will inspire undergraduate students to create vibrant and meaningful classrooms for young people."