The competition for the scholarships is high, representing a skilled group of students. The selection committee commended the education faculty for their tremendous work with the education students. Committee members consisted of representatives from k-12 education, administration and current Geisler Penquite Scholars. The award recipients will join continuing scholarship award recipient senior Kathryn Manternach, who was presented an award last year.
Harold and Mavis Geisler, Cecil Geisler Penquite and Loren Penquite expressed an interest in young people and desired to see an educational environment that not only imparted knowledge of working with children, but also recognized important values for a future educator.
The Geislers and Penquites are well known for their endowment of the Central College library in honor of their parents and have commissioned two sculptures located on Peace Mall. The gift for the Geisler Penquite Education Scholars Program endows the academic excellence of the college and the work of Central students in the field of education for years to come.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity through the Geisler Penquite Foundation to offer this magnitude of a scholarship to our students,” Diers said. “It will have a lasting impact not only on these recipients but the students they will eventually touch in their careers as educators. Our sincerest thanks to the Geisler Penquite Foundation for their support of our work in developing future educators!”