Ciatu Fahnbulleh is a senior majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience from Avon, Indiana. Fahnbulleh has worked at the M. G. Mellon Library of Chemistry for eight semesters. Her supervisor, Sharon Sturgeon wrote, “Her customer service skills always include a greeting, a smile and going that extra mile in helping patrons find needed references.”
“I am truly honored to be a recipient of the PULSE Award. This scholarship will be put towards continuing my education and helping me to become a better leader. I have loved working for the Purdue Libraries for the past four years and I am thankful for all the great memories that it has given me on Purdue's campus,” said Fahnbulleh.
Brannon Springer is a junior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Biology from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Springer has worked in the Veterinary Medical Library for six semesters. Her supervisor, Tonya Wichterman, commented, “Brannon is a treasure. She is capable of helping every patron get the information they need. Most often she can lead them to the answer herself, but if she can’t she can lead them to the appropriate person to answer their question.”
“Being a recipient of the PULSE award means a great deal to me. I have gained more experience than can be put into words and from working with a great group of staff members who are always willing to show or explain things when I have questions. It is very rewarding to see that all the time I have put into helping patrons and working in the Libraries has not gone unnoticed! It is a true honor to receive the PULSE award,” said Springer.
Dorothy Newby McCaw Scholarship
Christopher Marks is a senior majoring in Medical Laboratory Science from Gainesville, Florida. He has worked for the Libraries IT Department for six semesters. His supervisor, Stephan Miller said, “Chris has been with us for a few years and during that time has been a valuable asset on every major project Library IT has had.”
“I am extremely honored to have been awarded the Dorothy Newby McCaw Scholarship. Three years ago I was hired at Purdue Libraries shortly after I moved here from Florida. My first interactions with people at Purdue and in Indiana were with the staff and faculty at the Libraries. Everyone was so warm and welcoming that I didn't just feel like I had started a job, but I felt that I had joined a big family. The work environment in my future endeavors will have great difficulty in matching the tremendous environment here at Purdue. The skills and experience I've gained as a student employee at Purdue Libraries' will last me a lifetime,” said Marks.
Dr. Albert Viton Scholarship
Eric Thompson is a sophomore in Professional Writing, English Literature, with a minor in Chinese and Management from Sunnyvale, California. Thompson is finishing his second semester with the Purdue Libraries and Purdue University Press. His supervisor, Dave Scherer, commented, “His enthusiasm to understand the issues in publishing and scholarly communication and his dedication to Purdue e-Pubs has allowed the repository to grow its collection and services tremendously. Eric has shown that he is a valuable member of the Purdue Libraries and a future advocate of open access.”
“Receiving this scholarship is a great honor, and I can only attribute it to being able to love the work and profession enough to where it no longer is a time for work, but a time to collaborate and illustrate the wonderful information that Purdue e-Pubs displays to beyond just the Purdue community,” said Thompson.
Amelia Earhart Scholarship winners
The Amelia Earhart Scholarship is given annually in honor of Amelia Earhart, a remarkable and unique woman who demonstrated exceptional desire to succeed in her chosen field.
Recipients of this scholarship must exhibit exemplary leadership skills, determination and potential while possessing a minimum grade point average of 3.2 after 48 semester hours. Each recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship award.
Nicoletta Fala is a junior studying Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Cyprus. She is currently a Resident Assistant for University Residences and she is also finishing up her flight training to be a private pilot. Fala’s interests include aircraft systems, astrodynamics, product design, project management and engineering education.
“It is a great honor for me to receive the Amelia Earhart Scholarship. Earhart has been a role model for me in all aspects of my life, especially at college, and I admire her passion and motivation. Both as a pilot and as an engineer, I strive to live by everything that Earhart did to make the world a better place where young people could follow their dreams,” said Fala.
Bethany Sexton is a sophomore majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Danville, Illinois. Her activities include Hunger Hike and volunteering for Mental Health America.
“I am so grateful to be a recipient of the Amelia Earhart Scholarship. This scholarship helps make finances less of a burden and motivates me to continue following Earhart’s hardworking and courageous way of life. After graduation I plan on pursuing a degree and certification in Speech Language Pathology and working toward making speech therapy an option for more people around the world,” said Sexton.
Kelsey Tuholski is a junior majoring in Soil and Crop Science from La Porte, Indiana. Her activities as a Boilermaker include acting as recording secretary for the Agronomy Club, playing bass trombone in Purdue’s American Music Repertory Ensemble and becoming the first ever woman to compete on the Purdue men’s lacrosse team.
“I am both pleased and honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Amelia Earhart Scholarship. Whereas Earhart’s spirit stemmed from making ground breaking flights, my spirit originates from making ground breaking discoveries in the field of agriculture. As I continue with my education at Purdue University, I hope to exude the same spirit and passion that set Earhart apart as a role model and inspiration to all,” said Tuholski.