KSU selects six students for first Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program


KSU selects six students for first Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program $1 million endowment awards…

Georgia (Jun 22, 2009)KSU selects six students for first Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program
$1 million endowment awards scholarships for students to pursue advanced degrees

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (June 16‚ 2009) — Kennesaw State University has awarded six master’s and doctoral students Clendenin Fellowships for graduate studies for the coming academic year. This year’s recipients‚ selected from a pool of 60 applicants‚ represent the first group of graduate students to receive the prestigious award.

The Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program was established last June by members of the Clendenin family –– longtime KSU supporters –– with a $1 million endowment‚ the largest single gift for scholarships received by Kennesaw State. The gift coincides with the expansion of KSU’s graduate degree programs‚ recently adding master’s programs in American studies and international policy management‚ as well as a third doctoral program‚ a Doctorate of Nursing Science‚ for a total of 28 graduate programs.

“The Clendenin Graduate Fellows is the first graduate fellowship program of its kind initiated at KSU‚” said Wes Wicker‚ vice president of University Advancement and Executive Director of the KSU Foundation‚ which administers the Clendenin Fellows Program. “The Clendenin family has been very generous with us and has continued to show their confidence in our ability to manage their philanthropy. This fellowship allows us to attract individuals who are going to be tied in to Kennesaw because we are helping them continue their education."

The 2009 Clendenin graduate fellows are:

Helen M. Cauley
KSU‚ Master of Arts in Professional Writing
Linda Gay
KSU‚ Master of Science in Nursing
Juanne Greene
KSU‚ Doctorate of Business Administration
Victor B. Marshall
KSU‚ Doctorate of Business Administration
Herbert J. Mattord
Nova Southeastern University‚ Ph.D. in Information Systems
Maryan (Beth) Rogers
Georgia State University‚ Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning Mathematics

The Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals interested in pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree. The highly competitive fellowship is open to students enrolled at any accredited university‚ but preference is given to those currently enrolled or teaching at Kennesaw State. The gift supports up to six graduate students annually. Master’s−level fellowships are available for up to two years‚ while doctoral candidates may receive the fellowship for up to three years. Upon completion of a master’s or doctoral program‚ fellows may be invited to teach at KSU for two years.

John Clendenin‚ retired BellSouth chairman and CEO‚ and his family endowed the Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program last June. The gift allowed Clendenin to fulfill a life−long desire to contribute to graduate education. He was unable to afford graduate school while working and supporting a young family upon graduating from Northwestern University.

In 1999‚ Clendenin and his late wife‚ Ann‚ contributed $1 million to build and equip high−tech classrooms in KSU’s College of Science and Mathematics building‚ which now bears their family name. Son Thomas Clendenin is a KSU Foundation Trustee and member of one of the university’s advisory boards.

For more information on the Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program‚ please visit


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu