Louisville TV Station Awards Grant to Ed Dept

WHAS Crusade CEO Dawn Lee (left) presented the grant to Director of Graduate Education Barbara Kennedy, Associate Professor Becky Oswald and Assistant Professor Rocky Wallace.
WHAS Crusade CEO Dawn Lee (left) presented the grant to Director of Graduate Education Barbara Kennedy, Associate Professor Becky Oswald and Assistant Professor Rocky Wallace.

Asbury University’s School of Education has been awarded a grant through the WHAS Crusade for Children that could end up improving the lives of hundreds of special-needs children in the years to come.

The $20,000 grant is used for tuition scholarships for Asbury education students with a desire to teach special-needs children. By investing in the education of future teachers, who will in turn make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children throughout their careers, the grant’s impact is increased exponentially.

The special-needs children are not the only ones to benefit, however. For several Asbury students, the grant money makes a big difference, as well.

“It’s been a means to stay in the program for some students who couldn’t otherwise afford to,” said Melanie Kinnell, certification specialist and assistant to the graduate program. “And since it’s just for students who will work with special-needs kids, there’s a domino effect.”

The WHAS Crusade for Children began more than 50 years ago by WHAS-TV in Louisville, Ky., and has raised more than $143 million to help agencies, schools and hospitals better serve special-needs children. In addition to an annual radio/telethon, numerous other fund-raisers in the Louisville area take place throughout the year. A 10-member interdenominational panel receives the applications each year and allocates the grants.

To learn more about the grant and scholarships, please contact the Asbury University Education Department at (859) 858-3511, ext. 2223, or e-mail nancy.fellows@asbury.edu.

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