Kennesaw State selects Clendenin Graduate Fellows for 2013

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Endowment will help graduate students pursue advanced academic degrees KENNESAW, Ga.  (May 22…

Georgia (May 22, 2013)Endowment will help graduate students pursue advanced academic degrees

KENNESAW, Ga.  (May 22, 2013) — Kennesaw State University has awarded six master’s and doctoral students Clendenin Graduate Fellowships for the upcoming academic year.  The Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program funds up to $20,000 annually for two years of master’s-level studies or three years of doctoral studies at any accredited educational institution.

This year’s recipients represent the fifth group of scholars to receive the prestigious award. Successful scholarship recipients demonstrated outstanding leadership potential, a capacity for accomplishment and the commitment to complete his or her academic program.

Now in its fifth year, the fellowship program has provided scholarship funding for more than 30 graduate students, with nearly half of the recipients earning their advanced degrees at Kennesaw State.

The Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program was established at Kennesaw State in 2008 by the Clendenin Family –– longtime Kennesaw State supporters –– with a $1 million endowment. The gift allowed the Clendenins to fulfill a lifelong desire to contribute to graduate education.

The 2013 Clendenin Graduate Fellows are:

·         Senai AbrahaPh.D., International Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University

·         Katherine BarnettMSN, Nursing Education Leadership, Kennesaw State University 

·         Laurie EreddiaMAcc, Kennesaw State University

·         Abigail MayEd.D., Educational Leadership, Kennesaw State University

·         Birthe ReimersPh.D., International Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University

·         Janora WareMFA, Fiction and Non-Fiction, Southern New Hampshire University

In addition to the new class, several Clendenin Fellows graduated in the spring of  2013, including Kennesaw State’s first Ph.D. recipient, Rebecca K. LeFebvre, and three Georgia State University doctoral graduates, Janeen S. Amason in Nursing Science and Maryan Rogers and Ghupinder Naidu, both in Teaching and Learning Mathematics Education.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.


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