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Give now buttonSPEA Alumni Association Scholarship

The SPEA Alumni Association Scholarship had more than 120 applicants with three recipients selected in 2012. The award offers $1,000 for exceptional SPEA undergraduate or graduate students on both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0, good references, and a compelling essay. Below is biographical information and statements from the three recipients of the 2012 SPEA Alumni Association scholarship.

Kate CalvertPresident of Sorority Kappa Delta, Merit Scholarship recipient, and Dean’s List awardee, Kate Calvert is an undergraduate student at SPEA Bloomington and works as a marketing assistant at IU Recreational Sports. “The SPEA Alumni Association Scholarship allowed me to enhance my classroom learning by completing a summer internship. The scholarship covered my expenses for the summer, allowing me to gain experience in the arts management field without having to worry about my finances, which was a great help!”

Kathy Pataluch and familyAfter 25 years in the workforce in positions including production assistant for Entertainment Tonight and public relations assistant manager for Six Flags Great America, Kathy Pataluch returned to pursue a higher degree at SPEA Indianapolis. “I have worked in the arts for 16 years and have been volunteering with a social services agency for over four years. Tuition fees are challenging for a single person, especially one who would like to take 6 credit hours per semester. The scholarship provides the means by which to do so. In addition, the scholarship is a validation of the quality of the work I have been producing to date. I am honored that the Alumni Association recognizes my leadership skills and chose to support my professional initiative.”

Carolyn RaiderAfter graduating with honors from Skidmore College in environmental science, Carolyn Raider taught photography abroad with National Geographic Student Expeditions before pursuing a dual master’s degree at SPEA Bloomington. “I cannot express my gratitude and elation upon receiving a SPEA scholarship this past semester. Beginning graduate school one year after finishing my undergraduate degree has meant starting my ideal program with limited funds. This scholarship has not only eased my financial burden, but has given me a renewed inspiration. I thank and continue to be grateful for the donors' generosity.”


To make a contribution to the SPEA Alumni Association Scholarship fund, please click on the Give Now button or send a check (write SPEA Alumni Association Scholarship on memo line) made payable to IU Foundation to:

Give now buttonSchool of Public and Environmental Affairs
Attn: Aliza Cazzell, Alumni Relations
1315 E. Tenth Street, Room 312
Bloomington, Indiana 47405


Three $1000 scholarships will be awarded in 2014 to students representing undergraduate and graduate programs in Bloomington and Indianapolis.

The following students are eligible for the SPEA Alumni Association scholarship:
  • Current SPEA student; must be returning for the next academic year. *Money will be transferred to bursar account a few weeks before the fall semester.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0; transcript will be verified for proof of academic status.
  • Completion of SPEA online scholarship application form available in December.
  • Completion of an essay on why you should be awarded this scholarship. Highlight your merits/achievements, including academic success, public and community service, and extracurricular activities.
  • Reference name(s) for SPEA faculty or community leaders.
Online scholarship application process will be open on December 4, 2013 and will close January 31, 2014. Go here to apply.

Scholarship application and supporting materials must be submitted online. All materials will be reviewed by the SPEA Alumni Association Scholarship Committee. The award winners will be notified in March via a call and letter from the SPEA Alumni Association Board. Winners will be invited to meet the SPEA Alumni Association Board at their spring meeting. Those not selected will be notified by email. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Aliza Cazzell, SPEA Assistant Director of Alumni Relations (staff liaison to the SPEA Alumni Association Board) at 812-856-0597 or email.