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Sylvia Pamboukian, Ph.D. 
Department Head, English
English Department
412-397-6450 Phone
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Wheatley Center 234
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Dean’s Scholar Awards


Recognize currently enrolled degree students who have taken at least six credits in each of the applicable terms, have achieved a 3.5 QPA for three consecutive terms excluding summer  (Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007), have earned at least 45 credits at Robert Morris University and do not have a grade lower than a C.


Outstanding Student Awards:


Recognize those students who have distinguished themselves in particular majors, subject areas or activity centers within the School of Communications and Information Systems.


Jan Kenton Memorial Award:


Honors the memory of Jan Kenton, a dedicated and well-loved member of the faculty from 1968 until her untimely death at the age of 35 in 1976.  The award is presented to an outstanding student in English. The award is a $500 tuition credit.


Thomas Gaydos Performing Arts Endowed Scholarship:


Honors Tom Gaydos, who served as the founder and executive producer of the Colonial Theatre and was an Associate Professor in the School of Communications and Information Systems.  The award recognizes students who contribute to the English department and especially to the theatre program.


Vernon and Ellen Petterson Memorial Scholarship:


Honors the memory of "Pete" and Ellen Petterson, who were active participants and patrons of the Colonial Theatre.  It recognizes a student who has made an outstanding contribution in time, energy and talent to RMU's performing arts program.


Thomas A. Marshall Memorial Scholarship:


The Thomas A. Marshall Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of a well-loved and respected member of the faculty from 1965 until his death in 2007.  The award, a $1,000 tuition credit, is presented to two outstanding English majors.


SCIS Endowment Award:


SCIS Endowment Award is awarded to two students who have completed at least 54 credits and have achieved at least a 3.25 GPA, and who demonstrate active involvement in School or Departmental activities.  The award is non-renewable and will be made by the Dean upon recommendation of SCIS faculty.  The award is a $695 tuition credit.



Jan Kenton Memorial Scholars

2018       Brittany Perrotte

2017       Ashley Delaney

2016       Ashley Messner

2015       Katrina Buchanan

2014       Nika Studeny

2013       Tanner Sebastian

2012       Catherine Morgan

2011       Catherine Lamm

2010      Lauren Kelley


Thomas A. Marshall Scholarship

2018       Megan Dinatale

2017       Kathleen Cercone

2016       Lindsay Bangor

2015       Natalie Groscost

2014       Jennifer Kennedy

2013       Ashley Gribik

2012       Nichole Weis


2010       Emma Venezie


Outstanding English Major

2018       Kathleen Cercone, Catherine Morgan

2017       Rachel Bodine, Savanah Buhite, Jocelyn Young

2016       Katrina Buchanan, Tatiana Struble, Ashley Vesci

2015       Brianna Hellier, Tanner Sebastian

2014       Alexis Dripps

2013       Kayla Pumphrey

2012       Paige Pietrangelo

2011       Danielle Velky, Jean Kalevitch

2010       Ashley Wilkinson


Thomas Gaydos Scholarship

2018     Hannah Vislocky

2017     Jessica Boothe


Vernon and Ellen Peterson Memorial Scholarship 

2018     Allison Wentzel

2017     Donovan Powers


SCIS Endowment Award

2016     Savanah Buhite