Clarion University graduate students Erin Neely of Mars and Aubrey Monte of Beaver, both intervention specialist majors, have been awarded Pennsylvania Council on Exceptional Children’s prestigious George O’Neill Memorial Scholarship.
The annual award is intended to stimulate student participation and involvement, now and in the future, in the Council on Exceptional Children organization. The award recognizes student members whose involvement in special education was judged to be exemplary and who have achieved the highest degree of professional excellence and advanced the education of exceptional children. In addition to the scholarship award, Neely and Monte will receive a one-year CEC student membership.
Neely has been active in the Clarion's Student Council for Exceptional Children, serving as vice president and president, and she currently serves as the PACEC student board's secretary/treasurer. Neely's academic achievements include dean's list and induction into the honorary associations Kappa Delta Pi and Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta. She was named 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year for Clarion's Department of Special Education. She also volunteers with related organizations, including Clarion County Special Olympics and the Heavenly Gaits Therapeutic Riding Center.
Monte is secretary of Clarion's SCEC chapter. She has excelled academically, evidenced by her membership in Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta, an honorary association. She has volunteered extensively, including with Make-A-Wish in Pittsburgh, Special Olympics, Disney VoluntEARS and Give Kids the World Village, Orlando. Monte also has also worked with adults with disabilities, serving as a vocational specialist and life skills coach. Her dedication to exceptional children shows in her attendance at professional conferences, including National CEC.