Elizabeth Stephenson, a Zell Miller HOPE scholar from Wrightsville, Ga., has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the President Rossbacher Endowed Scholarship.
Stephenson graduated as a dual-enrollment student from the Georgia Academy of Aviation Mathematics Engineering & Science (GAMES) program at Middle Georgia College (MGC) in Cochran, Ga. At age 18, she had earned both a high school diploma from Trinity Christian School in Dublin, Ga., and an associate’s degree in mathematics from MGC and she enrolled at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga.
However, this fall, she transferred to SPSU. During orientation, the university’s U-Teach program captured her interest. Stephenson is now in Step 1 of the program, on her way to earning a degree in mathematics (education) in two years. She has already taken on the task of establishing a student organization for the SPSU teacher education program.
The President Rossbacher Endowed Scholarship is a newly endowed scholarship designed to benefit women who are majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (the STEM fields) and have a record of high academic success. Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher made the initial gift to launch the scholarship, and contributions by faculty and staff members fully funded the endowment around the time of Dr. Rossbacher’s 10th anniversary as president.
A geologist by profession, Dr. Rossbacher is very committed to encouraging more women students to attend and graduate from SPSU and providing them with financial assistance at the same time.
Stephenson will receive just over $700 per semester for the 2012-13 academic year to cover student fees no longer covered under the HOPE scholar program.