As the daughter of an IUP professor, senior Robin Beisel was always told that college is what you make of it. She was this year’s recipient of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) scholarship, and has certainly made something of her four years in the Honors College at IUP.
An International Business major with minors in Marketing and French, Beisel is active in and out of the classroom. She is the Student Government Association secretary and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Business Fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Fraternity, the International Business Association, and French Club, as well as a volunteer for the American Red Cross.
She has also spent time overseas in France, which has strengthened her understanding of international business and her speaking skills. She studied abroad on two separate occasions and said that it, “enhanced [her] cultural awareness, and drastically improved [her] French language skills.” She recently completed a semester abroad in Cannes, France, and actually applied for the APSCUF scholarship while abroad.
Beisel was eligible for this year’s scholarship competition as a student at a PASSHE school and the daughter of an IUP employee. To enter, she was required to submit two letters of recommendation and write a 500-word essay about the role of unions in the United States. Her essay was titled, “American Unions: A History of Spirited Initiative”
It was the quantity and quality of her scholarship application that set her apart from other contestants, according to APSCUF Special Services Committee Chair Pablo Delis. “Ms. Beisel’s excellent essay...superb faculty feedbacks and her outstanding community service record put her over the top,” said Delis.
Beisel attributes her success in her academic and extracurricular pursuits to the supportive environment of the Cook Honors College. “The IUP faculty, particularly in the Honors College, have always been quick to help me with any new endeavor I have,” said Beisel. “Without [the faculty] I could not have accomplished all that I have done.”
After she graduates, Beisel plans to “study linguistics and international relations” in graduate school and hopes to work for the United States government one day.
—By Emily Weber