June 24, 2021

Purdue University Global awards student scholarships

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Regina Otero chose to pursue work in the autism field because she has a granddaughter with the developmental disability. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident will graduate from Purdue University Global in August with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis.

On June 15, Otero was one of 18 Purdue Global students who received Purdue Day of Giving Completion scholarships.

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“Autism work has been interesting to me because of my granddaughter, and she has helped me understand more,” Otero said. “I wanted extra income, and I found my niche. I will be able to better myself, my kids and grandkids, and my mom. Seeing my growth makes me feel good.

“The scholarship will take a big burden off my back. Everybody at Purdue Global has been so wonderful and helpful.”

Each of the Purdue Day of Giving Completion Scholarship recipients boast a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 and are within 30 credits of graduating from one of Purdue Global’s eligible programs. The recipients are:

  • Cathleen Bailey, B.S., Health Information Management; Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Erin Blackmer, B.S., Business Administration – New Media/Internet Marketing; Millington, Michigan.
  • Veronica Diaz, School of Health Sciences.
  • Rommy Echeverria, B.S., Criminal Justice – Forensic Psychology; Stevenson Ranch, California.
  • Ladana Hunter, B.S., Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis; House Springs, Missouri.
  • Kasey Killeen, B.S, Health Care Administration; Middletown, New Jersey.
  • Daniel Kizale, B.S., Psychology in Addictions; Sayre, Pennsylvania.
  • Fox Millinder, B.S., Criminal Justice – Forensic Psychology; Millersville, Pennsylvania.
  • Regina Otero, B.S, Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis; Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Cloey Pippert, B.S. Nursing; Cedar Falls, Iowa.
  • Tarantino Rogers, B.S., Information Technology – Network Administration; Monroe, North Carolina.
  • Sydney Speetzen, B.S., Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis; Davenport, Iowa.
  • Dara Staggs, B.S., Nutrition; Conroe, Texas.
  • Janet Taylor, B.S., Accounting; Salem, Connecticut.
  • Rachel Todd, S., Criminal Justice – Crime Scene Investigation; Cincinnatus, New York.
  • Bethany Vitaro, B.S., Health Care Administration; York, Pennsylvania.
  • Lydia Williams, B.S., Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis; Warner Robins, Georgia.
  • Gregory Woods, B.S., Nutrition; La Habra, California.

The most recent Purdue Day of Giving – the one-day, Purdue University systemwide fundraising effort – raised a record $100,442 from 1,444 gifts for Purdue Global students on April 28.

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global serves 34,000 students (as of April 2021), most of whom earn their degree online. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit purdueglobal.edu.

Writer/Media Contact: Tom Schott, 765-427-1721, tschott@purdue.edu

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