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K-State Today

July 12, 2016

Brooks receives social justice certificate's inaugural scholarship

Submitted by Patrice Scott

A graduate student who is pursuing the Social Justice Education graduate certificate has been awarded the first scholarship associated with the program.

Janelle Brooks, master's student in the College of Education's counseling and college student development program, is the first to receive the $500 scholarship. 

"I am extremely grateful and appreciative to be the recipient," Brooks said. "When I came to graduate school at K-State, I knew I wanted to make the most out of my education. So when I learned about this particular certificate, it seemed like the perfect fit to further enhance my education, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity."

Brooks earned a bachelor's degree at Truman State University in exercise science-sport and recreation management and a minor in business administration. She quickly realized it wasn't her life passion.

Linda P. Thurston, associate dean for research and graduate studies and Lydia E. Skeen endowed professor, said Brooks represents what many students encounter in that she completed her degree but realized her studies did not match her interests and passions.

"This is one of our motivations for creating this certificate program," Thurston said. "After graduation, individuals have experiences that put them on a different path. Janelle discovered her interest in working with college students, and the certificate in social justice education is a perfect complement to her talents and interest. What's so wonderful about this program is that it applies to nearly all people in all professions."

For more information about Social Justice Education certificate program, please visit the college's website.