Work with University Experience program helps graduate student from Beloit earn special scholarship
Monday, June 13, 2016
MANHATTAN — A master's student in special education, counseling and student affairs is the recipient of Kansas State University's Marie R. Bonebrake Graduate Award.
The $3,250 award is being presented to Jordan Dunn, Beloit. The award recognizes graduate students based on academic merit and financial need. The student must demonstrate excellence in research, scholarship and creative inquiry appropriate for his or her academic field. The Kansas State University Graduate School has established a set of guidelines and criteria for the evaluation and selection of the candidate.
"Winning this award means more to me than I am able to put into words. It is a representation of the passion I have for the students and the opportunity to teach, counsel and guide here at Kansas State University," said Dunn. "It has reinforced that the effort of my daily triumphs and failures are all serving a greater purpose and that I am leaving a positive impression upon those with whom I interact."
Dunn's research focuses on evaluating and updating the course material for the University Experience program. The program is offered to first-year students and provides information and strategies on becoming a successful college student and provides access to resources within the university. Her adviser is Judith Hughey, associate professor of counseling.
"I've had the pleasure to watch Jordan develop professionally throughout her time in the program," Hughey said. "It is exciting to watch her self-efficacy grow as she advocates for success of every student. Jordan demonstrates professionalism, intellectual curiosity and leadership in her coursework and assistantship responsibilities."
Dunn plans to use the funds to attend events, workshops and conferences that will aid in her professional development. Upon completion of her master's degree, Dunn wants to improve the education of students by working with them to help facilitate a successful support system.
The Marie R. Bonebrake Graduate Award was established to honor Case Bonebrake's late wife, who received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University.