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WCU SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO ASSIST                                                                                                        
COMMUNICATION DISORDERS MAJORS

Image: Yvonne Saddler Nielsen of Cullowhee (seated) and Brett Woods, director of annual giving at Western Carolina University, sign an agreement creating a new endowed scholarship fund for communication sciences and disorders majors.
Yvonne Saddler Nielsen of Cullowhee (seated) and Brett Woods, director of annual giving at Western Carolina University, sign an agreement creating a new endowed scholarship fund for communication sciences and disorders majors.

A newly endowed scholarship fund at Western Carolina University established in honor of former faculty member Yvonne Saddler Nielsen of Cullowhee will provide financial assistance to deserving students majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

Gifts from individual contributors have pushed the fund past the $10,000 level, making it possible for WCU to award the first scholarship for the 2006 fall semester.

Nielsen retired from WCU in 1998 after 25 years of service, and received professor emeritus status in 2001. During her tenure, she served as an academic and personal adviser, teacher and clinical supervisor. She was adviser to WCU 's chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, coordinator for recruitment and clinical internships across North Carolina and other states, and a member of the N.C. Speech Hearing and Language Association. Upon her retirement, the WCU department of communication sciences and disorders established a student service award to be given in Nielsen's name every year, in addition launching to the scholarship fund.

“Through the aid of scholarships, Yvonne Saddler Nielsen became a first-generation college student and graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga.,” said Brett Woods, director of annual giving at WCU. “She later continued her academic career at the University of Georgia. Again, scholarships made it possible for her to complete a bachelor's degree in elementary education, as well as master's and educational specialist degrees in speech-language pathology. Through this endowed scholarship fund established in her honor, deserving students will be able to follow in her footsteps.”

For more information on scholarship funding opportunities at Western, contact Brett Woods at (828) 227-7124, or via e-mail at bwoods@wcu.edu .


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