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School Psychology scholarship awarded to graduate student

May 6, 2002

A Pontiac, Mich., native is the 2002 recipient of the Anthony Rinella School Psychology Scholarship at Austin Peay.

Susan Thompson-Russell, daughter of Cora Thompson and the late Virgil Thompson, Manistique, Mich., is pursuing an education specialist (Ed.S.) degree in school psychology at APSU.

Married to Gerald Russell, Clarksville, she is a 1991 graduate of Pontiac Central High School and a 2001 graduate of Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Dr. Sal Rinella, former president of APSU, and his wife, Pat, established the scholarship in honor of his brother who was born with autism.

"My brother is very special to me, and he has impacted my life in many ways. 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," said Rinella.

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.

"Establishment of the Anthony Rinella Scholarship has created a win-win-win situation," said Dr. Buddy Grah, chair of the department of psychology. "It helps deserving students pursue their professional goals, it helps the department attract highly qualified students and it helps the community-at-large by providing talented individuals who are able to help those in need."

For more information about the scholarship, telephone APSU's Office of University Advancement at 7127.