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Peru State Awards Five Full Tuition Graduate Scholarships to Teachers from Omaha, Rising City, Wakefield, Auburn and Council Bluffs


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) today announced that five area teachers pursuing graduate degrees in education have been named Boxley Scholars for summer 2008.


Recipients include (click on photo to enlarge):


Patrick Becker of Omaha, an 8th grade social studies teacher and soccer, swimming and assistant wrestling coach from Beveridge Magnet School.


Kristen Cox of Rising City, an instrumental music teacher at Columbus Scotus Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School and Columbus Catholic Elementary Schools.


Megan Fischer of Wakefield, a 4th grade teacher and head junior varsity volleyball coach and assistant varsity volleyball and basketball coach at Wakefield Community Schools.


Rhonda Johnson of Auburn, a 7-12th grade art specialist, junior and senior class sponsor and Eagles activities sponsor at Johnson-Brock Public Schools.


Shelley Ragland of Council Bluffs, Iowa, a 6th grade teacher at Ashland Park-Robbins Elementary School and secretary and substitute teacher for Omaha Public Schools.


Along with the distinction, students are awarded Boxley Scholarships that cover full tuition, fees and books for the entire 19-month online cohort program. PSC’s online cohort program is unique in that it involves a group of students who enroll and progress through the graduate program together, creating a community in which they collaborate on projects and extend their support to one another.


PSC President Stan Carpenter said, “The financial benefit of this scholarship cannot be overstated. It can make all the difference for professional educators who want to increase their knowledge and skills by pursuing an advanced degree. I want to congratulate these students on receiving this honor.”


The awards were made possible because of the generosity of PSC alum Mr. Ken Boxley of Beverly Hills, Calif. Boxley is chairman of the Board of the American Asian Association, Inc., a long distance telephone company linking the continental United States with several countries in Asia.


Carpenter said, “Mr. Boxley’s generosity and willingness to support continuing education for professional educators is nothing short of inspirational. Ken has said that ‘education is the answer to many, if not most, of the problems this nation faces today. And, the education of teachers is most important.’ We at Peru State College could not agree more, and we are exceedingly grateful for Mr. Boxley’s support of our students.”


For more information on the graduate online cohort program, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 402-872-2314 or