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Student Thomas Receives Inaugural Griffith Scholarship Award

Elizabeth Thomas, a 2008 graduate of Northern Cambria High School, was awarded the inaugural Dan and Diane Griffith Scholarship for the 2008–2009 academic year. She will pursue a joint academic program in Geography and Mathematics.

Ms. Thomas , daughter of Tammy and Dale Thomas of Northern Cambria, is a Mathematics Education major and a Geography minor who achieved a 4.0 in her first semester of academic work at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The Daniel A. and Diane E. Griffith Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior students at IUP who have declared an academic course of study as a dual Geography-Mathematics major, a Geography major and a Mathematics minor, or a Mathematics major and a Geography minor.

Dr. Daniel Griffith attended IUP from 1966 to 1972, earning an undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education and a master’s degree in Geography. He went on to earn a doctorate in Geography from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in Statistics from Penn State, becoming one of the world’s best-known scholars in the emerging field of Geospatial Information Science (GIS). Dr. Griffith and his wife, Diane, established the Griffith Scholarship to provide interested students with the financial support to pursue a joint program in Geography and Mathematics at IUP.

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