The Clendenin Fellowship and What’s Next

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I apologize to my close friends and family who might find this post as a bit of overkill, but I wanted to record in my blog a very monumental event/achievement that occurred this week that truly changes the dynamics of research and the completion of my doctoral degree.

I found out this past Wednesday, April 1st, that I was officially selected as the recipient of The Clendenin Fellowship at Kennesaw State University.

The fellowship is one of the highest honors the university gives to a student, and I find myself humbled and thankful for the selection. I realize my previous sentence might come across oxymoronic–I brag and then claim to be humbled–but I genuinely do not know how else to describe the award and the feelings associated with it. I suppose I’m still processing it all.

For some context, here is what the website says about the fellowship and its origins:

“Established in 2008 by the Clendenin Family with a $1 million endowment, the Clendenin Scholars Program at KSU will provide financial support for academically gifted students accepted into graduate degree programs at KSU.  Doctoral students enrolled at KSU will be eligible to receive $20,000/year plus an annual out-of-state tuition waiver for a maximum of 3 years, while master’s students enrolled at KSU will be eligible to receive $15,000/year plus an annual out-of-state tuition waiver for a maximum of 2 years.  The Clendenin Scholars Program at KSU will provide a national and international focus on attracting academically accomplished students to KSU’s rapidly growing list of graduate degree programs.”

Again, the award is a lot to process and comes with plenty to be thankful for. I had applied for the scholarship last year, but was outside of the candidacy pool; while saddened that I would not get an interview, I knew I had to try again this year. I remember specifically telling my wife that if they would just give me an interview, I’d land the fellowship. A bit of hubris? Clearly, but I felt I knew I could prove myself. Thankfully, that is exactly what happened this year. After a fairly arduous process, I find myself in a new world of academic and leadership possibilities. So genuinely, I couldn’t be more excited, thankful, and humble.

I have to take a moment and thank the Clendenin family for making the fellowship happen to begin with. Their support of KSU and its students is tremendous and–as it is in my case–life changing. To represent the fellowship and the university is a true honor.

WHAT’S NEXT:

Student zine work is moving right along. I’ll have an update early next week on what they’ve been up to and share some sample work. I am also going to write a series of entries on the writing process through the eyes of my students. I’m excited about getting their point of view out there and have an open dialogue about how we teach the process and how students take the process up.

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