The Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education is pleased
to announce two recipients of the Nancy Newkerk Scholarship for 2019: Tyler
Montgomery and Kristen Shimko.
Since 1999, the Nancy Newkerk Scholarship has been awarded to
deserving second-year SAHE graduate students who demonstrate outstanding
contributions to college students, student affairs activities, the SAHE
Department, and the broader higher education community.
Nancy Newkerk served as dean of women at IUP (then Indiana State
Teachers College) from 1957 to 1967 and as associate dean of Admissions at IUP
from 1978 until her retirement in 1994. She was awarded the IUP President’s
Medal of Distinction in 2009.
Newkerk scholarship recipients are selected on the qualities that
reflect Ms. Newkerk’s own professional career in student affairs: a
collaborative colleague, a student-centered practitioner, and a role model for
citizenship and civic responsibility.
Montgomery ’20 is a graduate of IUP and holds an assistantship
in the College of Education and Communications’ Diversity and Inclusion
Standing Committee. He also has experience in the IUP Office of the Registrar and at Shippensburg University’s Office of Student Conduct. Montgomery
brings solid interpersonal skills, creativity and solutions, and strong ethic
of benefiting students to his practice.
Shimko ’20 is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and works
at the University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, as a graduate resident director.
She has experience in student activities at St. Vincent College and new
student orientation programs at Murray State University in Kentucky.
Shimko is uniformly recognized for her boundless energy, enthusiasm,
resourcefulness, and high-quality work.
The Newkerk scholarships were announced at the College of
Education and Communications’ 2019 Alumni, Faculty, and Student Scholars Reception
on October 17, 2019.