Endowment to create new scholarship in College of Education

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Mary Dupuis, an alumna of the College of Education's curriculum and instruction doctoral program, has directed $100,000 in her estate plans to establish the Mary and Victor Dupuis Scholarship in Education. The endowment supports full-time undergraduate students enrolled in or planning to enroll in the College of Education.

"I am personally very grateful for the endowment Dr. Dupuis has established to create this scholarship," said David H. Monk, dean of the College of Education. "Her deep passion for teacher preparation will live forever thanks to her generosity and vision. We in the College of Education look forward to serving the countless future students who will benefit from this gift."

Though Dupuis worked extensively with graduate students, her greatest passion has always been with undergraduates in teacher preparation programs. Dupuis designed this scholarship specifically to help these undergraduate students afford an education at Penn State.

“I want these students to graduate feeling that they are free to make decisions about their futures that don’t necessarily relate to massive student loans,” said Dupuis. “They should be able to look ahead and take whatever positions they want without having to worry about finances.”

Dupuis is a professor emerita of education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State and former director of teacher education and associate dean for undergraduate programs at the College of Education. She also served as the director of academic affairs at Penn State’s DuBois Campus. Dupuis previously held faculty positions at Northern Illinois University and Purdue University, and was a secondary English and reading teacher in Georgia and Indiana.

Dupuis is a consultant in the areas of writing, reading and language across the curriculum. She has consulted with many school districts as well as colleges and universities, including Morehead State University, Lehigh University, St. Joseph’s University, York College, Marywood College/University, Robert Morris College, University of Pittsburgh and others. She has also done speciality consulting with Indian schools, with a focus in reading and writing curriculum, including the Kayenta Indian School, the Pierre Indian Learning Center, the Payallup Schools and Hays Schools.

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Last Updated July 01, 2014