The Shereen Paff Special Education Scholarship is an endowed scholarship open to candidates entering their senior year, or graduate students pursuing endorsements in Special Education or Early Childhood Special Education. Funding for this award will vary from year, but will have a range of $4,500 and up per individual award. Candidates must apply by March 7th to be considered for an award in the following academic year.
Shereen Paff devoted her life to the improvement of education for children. Her vocation enabled her to realize her life ambition, primarily, to work with children who had disabilities, and secondly, to work with children who were gifted. Shereen and children loved one another because of her empathy with them. Often, upon entering a classroom, she would greet the instructor and then go directly to the children to talk with them.
Lloyd and LaVerne Paff established this scholarship in memory of their daughter, Shereen, as a fitting way to continue the work she loved.
Criteria for Selection:
To be considered the recipient must:
- Be seeking an endorsement in Special Education and have attained the undergraduate status of Senior, or be a Master's candidate.
- Have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
- Have completed a minimum of 16 credit hours in the Special Education program (BAE candidates will have achieved this by the end of summer before senior year, MAE candidates will complete this through the Summer online SPED program), with at least a 3.5 GPA in that program.
- Recipients must devote their energies toward providing a quality education experience for students with exceptional needs; demonstrate the ability to establish empathy and maintain quality relationships with children; evidence outside community involvement, with emphasis toward youth activity; and possess the potential to be an outstanding educator by demonstrating the qualities of inspirational and academic leadership.
- Must demonstrate financial need.
- Be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Education program, or have submitted their application to the Master of Arts in Education with Residency Certification or the Master of Arts in Education - Alternative Routes to Certification Program.
Paff Scholarship Funding:
- Funding from the Paff Scholarship will be distributed Fall and Spring of the School Year.
- All funding is conditional upon fulfilling the criteria listed above by the end of Summer.
- Awards will range from $4,500 and up depending on the number of qualified applicants and the amount of available funds for the year.
- Recipients will be notified in mid to late March if they are selected to receive a Paff Scholarship.