Scholarship Established for IUP Students from Northumberland County

Posted on 8/26/2018 12:45:34 PM

Joseph Kovaleski and Susan Verano Kovaleski, of Indiana, have established the Dr. Joseph F. and Susan Verano Kovaleski Scholarship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Joseph and Susan Kovaleski establish a scholarship for Educational and School Psychology studentsJoseph Kovaleski recently retired from a faculty position at IUP. Susan Kovaleski recently retired from her work as an English as a Second Language teacher for the Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit.

Both formerly of Northumberland County, the couple have established the scholarship to benefit Northumberland County students who are pursuing a degree in education or an education-related field and who are enrolled in IUP’s College of Education and Communications. Preference will be given to students who have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. The scholarship is open to both new students entering IUP and ongoing IUP students who fit the criteria.

In establishing the scholarship, the Kovaleskis expressed a desire to help lower-income families access better life opportunities, believing that education is the best solution for meeting and overcoming the challenges of poverty.

"As educators ourselves, we are committed to supporting the development of effective, research-based teachers. We also want to give back to where we were raised, which in recent years have faced growing economic difficulties,” the couple said.

Joseph Kovaleski served for 14 years as a professor and was the doctoral director in the Department of Educational and School Psychology in the College of Education and Communications.

He received his Doctorate of Education in School Psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 1980. He then continued on to become a school psychologist (1977), director of Special Services (1981), supervisor of Clinical Services (1983), director of Pennsylvania’s Instructional Support Team Project (1990), and, finally, a director of Pupil Services (1998) until he began his most career at IUP in 2003.

He is the 2018 recipient of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to the Science and Profession of Psychology Award. This award is given to a psychologist in Pennsylvania for outstanding scientific and professional achievement in areas of expertise related to psychology, including teaching, research, clinical work, and publications.

“Throughout my career I have tried to be a person who bridged the gap between research and practice, who helped schools do a better job, and who encouraged school psychologists be, in the words of Robert Bernreuter, ‘generally useful.’ I hope that I have passed on this mission to my students.”

Susan Kovaleski worked as a first grade teacher in the Lewisburg School District, as a first grade teacher at Holy Spirit School in Allentown, as a music teacher at Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata, and as an English as a Second Language teacher for Indiana County’s Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Misericordia University.

Students interested in this scholarship should contact the College of Education and Communications.

This donation is part of IUP's Imagine Unlimited $75 million comprehensive campaign, which currently has gifts totaling more than $55 million. The campaign will enable IUP to reach its vision and step forward as a national leader, distinguished by new thinking that has no limits and that cuts across traditional academic boundaries.