The Marianne H. Mitchell Counseling Scholarship has been established with a generous gift from Darlene Gerster (Ed.D. 1980). The scholarship is for School of Education graduate students pursuing a master’s or Ph.D. degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology. Preference will be given to students from rural Indiana. “Education opens doors,” said Gerster. “But without financial assistance, I would not have been able to pursue a doctoral degree. This scholarship is a way to say ‘thank you’ and hopefully help hold the door open for others.” For more that 35 years (1966–2001), Dr. Mitchell has supported, encouraged, and befriended students. “I was one of her students,” said Gerster. “I learned with her support and encouragement and have used what I learned at IU all my life.” “It’s a great honor,” said Mitchell. “Because this scholarship supports students from rural Indiana, I know that they’ll bring a fresh enthusiasm as well as unique experiences and backgrounds to share with their fellow students.”

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