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Peru State awards full tuition Boxley Scholarships to Bellevue, Rock Port teachers


Danielle Gostanzik
Danielle Gostanzik

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) today announced that two area teachers, Danielle Gostanzik of Bellevue and Elizabeth Weber of Rock Port, Mo., have been named 2012 Boxley Scholars.

The distinction includes a scholarship covering full tuition, fees and books for Peru State’s entire Master of Science in Education degree, 19-month online cohort program. The online cohort 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.

President Dan Hanson 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 congratulate these students on receiving this prestigious honor.”

Elizabeth Weber
Elizabeth Weber

Dean of Graduate Programs Dr. Greg Seay said, “The Boxley Scholarship is designed specifically for practitioners, those already in the classroom making an impact on students every day. To see these professionals return to school to increase their knowledge and improve their teaching skills is a true testament to the importance of life-long learning. They are setting a great example for students by practicing what they preach and continuing their education.”

The awards are made possible because of the generosity of Peru State alum 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.

Hanson 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.’ Peru State could not agree more and we are exceedingly grateful for Mr. Boxley’s support of our students.”

Weber is employed by a Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program with the Sidney (Iowa) Community School District. She previously worked for the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program in the Hamburg (Iowa) School District where she also served as a substitute teacher.

Weber earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Peru State in 2004 and has teaching endorsements in physical education (K-6 and 7-12), coaching and early childhood. She said she plans to use her master’s degree to become an early childhood education consultant where she can serve many children, families and school districts in the surrounding area.

Gostanzik has taught fifth and sixth grade at Twin Ridge Elementary School in Bellevue for the past three years. She has also served students in the Extended Learning Program, an after-school, student-centered intervention program for academic achievement; as an in-building art coordinator; BEAR Club instructor, an after-school program geared toward teaching students positive behaviors and peer communication; as an active participant in the school-wide positive behavior support system (BPiS); JV girls soccer coach for Bellevue West; and co-organizer of Community Kids Club, a summer school program geared toward volunteer opportunities in the Bellevue/Omaha area for students ages 10-12.

Gostanzik earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 2009.

For more information on Peru State’s online Master of Science in Education degree program, contact the Office of Graduate Programs at 402-872-2314 or