Preparing the Next Generation

Rodman Scholars

In Fall 2014, the College of Education became the recipient of the largest single endowment to the university in the amount of $12.9 million by the late Kitty Rodman, a longtime supporter of the university and the community. Per Ms. Rodman's request, the funds are to support scholarships and graduate fellowships for UNLV students pursuing careers in special education.

The second cohort of Rodman Scholars begins coursework Spring 2016: Patrick Achord, Ashlen Atkinson, Deanna Bitsko, Audrey Blockovich, Alicia Corey, Luke Danno, Melissa M. King, Corey Lewis, Jennifer MacDonald, and Monique Pinczynski. All ten of these students are undergraduate College of Education majors.

"I chose Special Education because I believe that each student is a unique individual and should have an equal opportunity to share his or her abilities and talents in and out of the classroom. I want to be a positive role model in my students' lives and encourage them to challenge themselves to be the best that they can be in everything they do. I am eager to help students meet their full potential and accomplish their goals by providing them the tools and services needed to succeed academically and in society."
Amber Peck
"The Rodman scholarship has tremendously blessed me financially this semester. This award further helps me reach my educational goal of making a difference in the lives of kids. My deepest desire is to see the youth grow into young men and women who make a difference in their community. I will use my education at UNLV to make a difference by teaching and leading others to strive for success beyond graduation. The Rodman Scholarship has given me an opportunity to graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and to make a difference in the field of education and I am very grateful for this opportunity."
Manuel Lucas
"As an educator I plan to make an impact in the community by being a positive influence and inspiring generations of change. I want to provide students with the tools they need to be successful and reach their potential. I plan to prepare students to be good citizens by creating meaningful learning experiences that incorporate important life skills, morals, and compassion. My goal is improve the quality of education for all students. I plan to motivate other teachers by leading by example. I plan to initiate collaboration with colleagues in order to contribute to the advancement of the education profession."
Bridgette Baquero

In addition to meeting the application requirements, a key factor in the final selection of the scholars was that they each embody passion and commitment to the special education career field and serving students with disabilities in the Las Vegas community. Dean Kim Metcalf speaks to the importance of scholarships to continue the work of the College of Education:

"Special education is one of UNLV's longest running programs. It is a great honor to our institution that Kitty Rodman would recognize the College of Education's commitment to producing teachers who are dedicated to helping children with disabilities."

Dr. Kyle Higgins, Professor in Educational & Clinical Studies, and Ms. Nancy Brown, Educational & Clinical Studies Field Coordinator, agree that Ms. Rodman was a visionary, and both indicate that the Rodman Scholarships will showcase this vision by contributing to the department's ability to attract the best and the brightest students to the field of special education.