PA TRIO – Lock Haven University students, Amanda Lynn Biddle and Amanda Elizabeth Tyrrell, both recently received PA TRIO scholarships. Shown, from left, are Biddle; Dr. Julie A. Story, director of TRIO SSS at LHU; and Tyrrell.
To recognize outstanding students, the Pennsylvania Association of TRIO Programs awards scholarships to deserving students yearly. This year, $9,750 was awarded to 13 recipients.
Two of this year’s recipients are Lock Haven University students, Amanda Lynn Biddle and Amanda Elizabeth Tyrrell, participants in TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) since their freshman year. Both students were recognized at the 2018 PA TRIO Scholarship Banquet held at the Atherton Hotel, State College, during the 46th Annual Conference on October 18.
They were nominated by Dr. Julie A. Story, director of TRIO SSS at LHU. Students were selected based on their involvement as full-time students in TRIO SSS, academic success in higher education, a personal essay and personal achievements, activities, leadership positions, honors and awards, as well as any characteristics worthy of special recognition.
Biddle, of Lewistown, is a junior pre-k grade four education major with a dual certification in special education. She has twice been an LHU TRIO SSS Scholarship winner and has served at a TRIO peer mentor for two years. She also was valedictorian of her cyber school class, continually has been on the dean’s list and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations, including the Early Childhood Group, the Special Education Association and the Council for Exceptional Children. She also has volunteered for Search and Rescue, Special Olympics, Relay For Life and Daffodil Days to support cancer research and patients. Her career goal is to become an autism support teacher.
Tyrrell, of Renovo, is a sophomore psychology major. She has worked as a peer career facilitator and is a TRIO SSS peer mentor. She has been on the dean’s list, earned scholarships and performs community service to support the environment, breast cancer awareness and education and the American Red Cross. She is a member of the LHU Psychological Association and the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She plans to attend graduate school to study clinical psychology and research drug and alcohol additions and how mental illness plays a role in the development and treatment of the disease.
TRIO programs motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree.
The Association of Pennsylvania TRIO Programs’ mission is to engage Pennsylvania TRIO program personnel in professional and leadership development, legislative affairs, increased communication, collaboration and support of student success and lifelong learning.
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Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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