Date: August 21, 2007
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, IL. August 21, 2007 – Governors State University recently named Linda Mattox of Dolton as the 2007 recipient of the Robert A. Pringle Memorial Scholarship.
“I am extremely honored and very surprised to receive this scholarship,” said Mattox who is studying for her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. “It will help me pay for college.”
The Pringle Memorial Scholarship is named for Robert Pringle who helped create the original Board of Governors degree program from which the School of Interdisciplinary Learning has evolved. The Pringle family administers the scholarship through an endowment.
The School of Interdisciplinary Learning offers college credit based on learning gleaned from life experiences. It was created for students like Mattox with work and life experience equivalent, in many cases, to college level work. Students in the program complete degree requirements within the program, often tailoring undergraduate studies in preparation for graduate work.
“We are very proud of Linda,” said Michele McMaster, Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Learning. “Students in our program are very determined to earn their degrees and scholarship opportunities like this help make it possible.”
Mattox currently works at South Suburban College Foundation as a support services specialist. A major component of her work is interviewing students applying for scholarships.
“I understand how a scholarship can make the difference between earning a degree and not being able to,” said Mattox who is married with a son entering the police academy and a daughter beginning her first year in college. Mattox returned to school after 30 years to earn her associates degree in business management from South Suburban College before beginning her studies at Governors State University.
“I want to eventually study social work,” said Mattox. “I have met so many students in my job who are in dire need of assistance. Some of their stories are horrifying, yet they are determined to get an education. I want to be able to help them.”
For more information about the Governors State University School of Interdisciplinary Learning, call (708) 534-4092 or visit www.govst.edu/sidl.