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Grants and Scholarships

2013 Award recipients

Pictured left to right: Janelle Wheatley, Leslie Sotomayor, Karen Dunlap, and Elizabeth Timblin.

Elizabeth Timblin of Pleasant Gap has been awarded the Evelyn Chostner Marboe AAUW State College Branch Scholarship. She is working on a Bachelors of Science Degree in biotechnology leading to a career in research and development at a children’s hospital. Elizabeth’s first foray into post-secondary education took her to South Hills School of Business & Technology where she earned an associate’s degree in accounting. Her passion though is working in the sciences so she entered Penn State in 2009. With two children, Elizabeth mixes family time with study time as she strives to meet her goals.

Janelle Wheatley of Pine Grove Mills has been awarded the Simmons-Jansma Project Renew Grant. She is working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Human Services and anticipates going on for her Master’s Degree. After her delay in education, she is now anxious to get through her schooling in five years.  She plans on working as a counselor for the Department of Corrections. Janelle is a returning adult student who has had many life experiences impacting her career decisions. Janelle currently mentors elementary school youth with homework and afterschool activities.

Leslie Sotomayor of State College has been awarded the Suzanne McCrae Kerlin AAUW State College Branch Scholarship. She is working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies and Fine Arts. She plans on working toward her Ph.D. to become a university professor. Leslie started her post-secondary work at East Stroudsburg University. When she came to Penn State in 2009, she had decided to be an artist. Leslie has had the opportunity to show her art in several exhibitions on campus and off. To her, art is a second language. She is currently a McNair Scholar.

Karen Dunlap of State College has been awarded the AAUW State College Branch Scholarship. She is working on an Associate’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She plans to work in the field of counseling. Karen started her post-secondary career at South Hills School of Business & Technology. While striving to reach her educational goals, Karen works full time and pursues her degree in the evening. She has been on the Dean’s List several times. Karen is a first-generation college student striving toward a degree in a field that will challenge her.