Emily O’Donnell, a senior English Education major, was awarded the Betty Ann Boone Wallwork Commemorative Scholarship, which provides scholarship support to full-time students enrolled as English majors at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Emily O’Donnell is a senior English Education major, with a minor in music, at IUP. She is from Altoona, Pennsylvania, and is a 2015 graduate of Altoona Area High School. Throughout her time at IUP, she has strived to immerse herself in her studies, extracurricular
activities, and community service.
Learning and thriving as a member of the Cook Honors College, the English Department, and the Music Department, she has participated in many enriching experiences, including IUP Marching Band, Symphony Band,
and University Women’s Choir, as well as being a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and serving as both treasurer and president of IUP’s chapter of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Along the way, she has worked diligently to remain both a Sutton Scholar and Provost Scholar, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and making the Dean’s List each semester. Within the English Department in particular, she has been recognized as the Second-Year and
Third-Year Student of the Year during the 2016–17 and 2017–18 academic years.
On campus, she works as a lead tutor at the Kathleen Jones White Writing Center and loves giving workshops to classes and tutoring individual students with their writing.
Outside of the classroom, she spends the majority of her time volunteering with Coalition for Christian Outreach, leading Bible studies, mentoring underclassmen, and planning outreach events for the IUP community. Growing in faith and helping
others to do the same has been an integral part of her college experience.
Additionally, she is passionate about working with children and spends time working as a camp counselor, teaching Sunday school at Graystone Evangelical Presbyterian Church
and volunteering with the Big Hearts Little Hands mentoring program through the YMCA.
She has grown and thrived during her time at IUP and is looking forward to her future career as an English teacher.
Department of English