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Scholarships awarded at UNI by Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education<br>

July 14, 2002
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Stephen Fortgang, UNI associate professor of education and Kappa Delta Pi adviser, (319) 273-2049
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three members of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education have been awarded scholarships by Psi Chapter at the University of Northern Iowa.

Jaymee Miner, daughter of Steve and Marla Miner, 10935 130th Ave., Center Junction, a senior elementary education major with a learning disabilities K-6 minor, received the $1,000 Stephen J. Fortgang Kappa Delta Pi Chapter Service Scholarship. Miner is the KDP scholarship chair.

This scholarship, established by alumni and officers in 1990, is named for Psi Chapter's longtime adviser, to honor his service to the chapter. Since Fortgang became its adviser in 1975, the chapter has been recognized for excellence both by UNI's student government and by Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. He is the Iowa Area representative, a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Foundation Board and of the KDP Capital Campaign Steering Committee. Last fall he received the KDP Faculty Counselor of the Biennium Award.

The Myrle M. Burk Kappa Delta Pi Science Education Scholarship was presented to Lisa Volesky, a daughter of Dennis and Debra Volesky, 3900 Linn Johnson Rd., Swisher. A junior biology major with a chemistry minor, Volesky was recently elected Psi Chapter president. She will receive $1,250 through the endowed scholarship fund established in 1982 by the late Dr. Burk, a 1928 graduate of UNI.

The $1,500 Karen Ewoldt Kruse Kappa Delta Pi Scholarship, open to all current members of the chapter, was presented to Erin Daugherty, a daughter of Joe and Janell Daugherty, 703 Spring St., Bellevue. She is a senior elementary education major with a learning disabilities K-6 endorsement.

This scholarship is in memory of 1982 UNI graduate Karen Ewoldt Kruse, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1992. Fortgang described Kruse as an 'inspirational president' who served during the time the chapter began its modern day scholarship program. 'She was vitally active in many other chapter projects as well,' he said, 'seeing them both as opportunities to serve others and as important to her education at UNI.'