Above: Pat Brown (left), Western Carolina University’s dean of educational outreach, presents Jennifer Howe (right) the Malcolm J. Loughlin Scholarship during the induction ceremony of the Mu Epsilon chapter of Alpha Sigma Lamba national honor society.
Jennifer Howe of Whittier recently received Western Carolina University’s Malcolm J. Loughlin Scholarship during the induction ceremony of the Mu Epsilon chapter of Alpha Sigma Lamba national honor society.
Howe, a communications science and disorders major, works as office assistant for WCU’s Cherokee Center.
“Jennifer has developed her personal and professional skills as she listened to individuals in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians express the needs of their community,” said Pat Brown, WCU’s dean of educational outreach. “She also has developed multiple partnerships and shared resources to foster the development of new programs.”
The scholarship was established in recognition of the contributions of the late Malcolm J. Loughlin to the university, the Division of Educational Outreach and the community of students for whom he served as teacher, mentor and guide.
A native of Wales, Loughlin came to WCU in 1977 from Aberdeen, Scotland, and held a number of teaching, coaching and administrative positions during his 28-year association with the university.
The scholarship is presented to an adult student in his/her junior year who has demonstrated attributes consistent with those of Loughlin and has met the academic standards worthy of induction into Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society.
Special consideration is given to global perspective and community outreach activities of the scholarship candidates.
“Mr. Loughlin exemplified personal and professional passion by reaching out to community with cultural sensitivity while helping individuals develop tools for personal growth, advocacy and community development,” Howe said. “My future as a speech language pathologist will follow the guidance of mentors such as Loughlin in providing opportunity to individuals and community.”
“We are pleased to extend the legacy of Mr. Loughlin through this scholarship,” Brown said. “The Scholarship has grown to $1,000 this year thanks to additional contributions made to the fund, including many made through the Campaign for Western, the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign.
“Jennifer represents many of the attributes we celebrate with this scholarship – she is committed to service and recognizes the importance of community and the role of advocacy in community development,” said Brown
Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society was established in 1945 as a means of recognizing academic excellence for nontraditional students. For induction into the society, students must have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher and must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of graded credit.
For more information about how to support The Campaign for Western, go to campaign.wcu.edu or call (800) 492-8496. Gifts also can be made online through a secure online giving form.