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Peru State awards full tuition Boxley Scholarships to teachers from Omaha and Lafayette, Colorado enrolled in graduate program


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College today announced that two teachers, Kelly Lawrence of Omaha and Paul Moore of Lafayette, Colo., have been named 2013 Boxley Scholars.

The distinction includes a scholarship covering full tuition, fees and books for Peru State’s entire Master of Science in Education degree, a 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 want to congratulate these students on receiving this prestigious honor and thank Peru State alum Mr. Ken Boxley for his generosity.”

Boxley, of Beverly Hills, Calif., 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.
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.”

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.”

Kelly Lawrence
Kelly Lawrence

Kelly Lawrence is a secondary resource teacher with Millard South High School in Omaha where she has been a member of the Literacy Enrichment Team since its inception three years ago. She is also the ninth grade leader for the school’s Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtI+I) and monitors overall implementation of the collaborative RtI+I tiered problem solving process. She is responsible for parent communication and collaborates with teachers to incorporate strategies to help each student be successful.

Lawrence previously taught at Walnut Creek Elementary School in Papillion and St. Louis Park Junior High School in St. Louis Park, Minn.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in education with endorsements in elementary education (1-6), learning disabilities (K-12) and mental handicap (K-12) from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo.

Paul Moore
Paul Moore

Paul Moore is a fourth grade teacher in the Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette, Colo., where he teaches all subjects, including mathematics, language arts, writing, science and social studies. Moore has been a member of the Building Leadership Team (BLT) and was the elementary representative on the Employee Compensation Subcommittee. He currently serves as the Elementary Student Council sponsor, science curriculum lead for the Curriculum Leadership Committee, and is a mentor to college students, practicum students and guest educators from other educational institutions.

Moore previously taught history, accounting, speech and drama as well as coached volleyball to secondary grade levels at the Maranatha Christian Center. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and history from Metropolitan State College of Denver where he was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society.

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