May 16, 2011
The Ferguson-Hamilton-Knox Mathematics Scholarship was presented for the first time this year in recognition to the outstanding accomplishments of a mathematics major. The scholarship is for $250 and is awarded to one student each year. This is the first year the scholarship has been awarded. The winner is chosen by the faculty members of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
The winner, Bridgette Williams, is a mathematics major who plans to graduate at the Spring 2012 commencement with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences, specializing in Integrated Mathematics with Adolescent to Young Adult Licensure. Williams plans to teach after graduating from Shawnee State.
"Bridgette has excelled in the classroom and made an extremely positive impression on many of her professors," said Dr. John Whittaker, associate professor in Mathematics who established the scholarship. "One of her professors stated that Bridgette is such an exceptional student that she even helps her professors become better educators by her contributions in class."
The award is named in honor and appreciation of the contributions of three people, Orville "Butch" Ferguson, Professor Virginia Hamilton and Chris Knox. Ferguson retired from Shawnee State University at the end of 2011 spring term and came back to help out temporarily. Ferguson and Hamilton have taught at Shawnee State for more than 20 years.
"During their careers, they each have made a tremendously positive impact on both students and university colleagues," Whittaker said. "Chris is an award-winning graduate of Shawnee State whose financial contribution has empowered the Math Department and the university."
For more information on how to establish a scholarship or contribute to a special program at Shawnee State, contact the University Development Foundation at (740) 351-3284 or go to http://www.shawnee.edu/off/dev/how-to-give/index.html to see various ways to give.