The largest single endowment to UNLV is being used for scholarships and fellowships for UNLV students.
n Fall 2014, the College of Education became the recipient of the largest single endowment to the university in the amount of $12.9 million by the late Kitty Rodman, a longtime supporter of the university and the community. Per Ms. Rodman’s request, the funds are to support scholarships and graduate fellowships for UNLV students pursuing careers in special education.
The second cohort of Rodman Scholars begins coursework Spring 2016: Patrick Achord, Ashlen Atkinson, Deanna Bitsko, Audrey Blockovich, Alicia Corey, Luke Danno, Melissa M. King, Corey Lewis, Jennifer MacDonald, and Monique Pinczynski. All ten of these students are undergraduate College of Education majors.
In addition to meeting the application requirements, a key factor in the final selection of the scholars was that they each embody passion and commitment to the special education career field and serving students with disabilities in the Las Vegas community. Dean Kim Metcalf speaks to the importance of scholarships to continue the work of the College of Education:
“Special education is one of UNLV’s longest running programs. It is a great honor to our institution that Kitty Rodman would recognize the College of Education’s commitment to producing teachers who are dedicated to helping children with disabilities.”
Dr. Kyle Higgins, Professor in Educational & Clinical Studies, and Ms. Nancy Brown, Educational & Clinical Studies Field Coordinator, agree that Ms. Rodman was a visionary, and both indicate that the Rodman Scholarships will showcase this vision by contributing to the department’s ability to attract the best and the brightest students to the field of special education.