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Former president establishes school psychology scholarship

October 2, 2000

Former Austin Peay president Dr. Sal Rinella has established the Anthony Rinella School Psychology Scholarship in honor of his brother.

Anthony Rinella was born in 1950 with a condition diagnosed many years later as autism. Rinella wanted the scholarship to go to a student who would be in a position to help people like his brother.

“My brother is very special to me, and he has impacted my life in many ways,” Rinella says. “We earmarked the scholarship for a master's student in school psychology because of the positive impact graduates of that program have on autistic children."

Michele Hall, daughter of Dennis Hopkins and Pam Vorhees, Clarksville, is the first recipient of the scholarship. She is a second-year student in APSU's school psychology master's degree program.

Rinella endowed the scholarship by contributing money from a special equity increase the Tennessee Board of Regents awarded to all presidents in the TBR system in 1998. At the same time, APSU was phasing in special equity increases for faculty and staff. Rinella decided his equity adjustment should follow the same phase-in schedule as everyone else's, so he donated the portion of his 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 salary that was over the percentage everyone else received.

Rinella contributed $23,000 to four scholarships, with the largest portion going to the Anthony Rinella School Psychology Scholarship fund. Interest from the endowment will be used to award the scholarship annually. For more information about the scholarship, call 7127.