Student Thomas Selected for First Griffith Scholarship

Posted on 7/7/2009 1:57:15 PM

Elizabeth Ann Thomas, Goodridge Road, Northern Cambria, has been selected to receive the first Dr. Daniel A. and Diane E. Griffith Scholarship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Thomas, the daughter of Dale and Tammy Thomas, is a 2008 graduate of Northern Cambria High School. A Math Education major with a Geography minor, she is a member of IUP’s track and field team.

Daniel Griffith is a spatial statistician and is the Ashbel Smith Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education in 1970 and his master’s degree in Geography in 1972 from IUP. He earned a second master’s from Penn State University and his doctoral degree from the University of Toronto. He is a 1982 recipient of an IUP Distinguished Alumni Award and was IUP’s 2008 commencement speaker, receiving an honorary doctoral of science degree at the ceremony.

Griffith and his wife established the Griffith Scholarship to provide interested students with the financial support to pursue a joint program in Geography and Mathematics at IUP. The scholarship is awarded to high-achieving freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior students 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.

Elizabeth Ann Thomas, Griffith Scholarship recipient

From left: Dr. Francisco Alarcon, Mathematics Department chairperson; Elizabeth Thomas, Griffith scholarship recipient; and Dr. John Benhart, Geography and Regional Planning chairperson