19 September Player Legacy Benefits Orlowski Scholarship Endowment Tweet September 19, 2011 Engagement, The Experience Engagement, The Experience 0 Phi Theta Kappa's Orlowski Scholarship Endowment, which supports annual scholarships of $1,500 for an International Officer candidate, has received a $50,000 gift from the estate of the late Dr. Mary Anne Player."We are so deeply appreciative of Dr. Player's gift, which will ensure that outstanding International Officer candidates in the future will continue to be recognized for exemplifying our Hallmarks," said Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley. "Steve Orlowski was a dedicated scholar and servant leader, and a loyal friend. The Orlowski Candidate Scholarship will honor his memory and his dedication.""Dr. Player contributed so much to shaping the Phi Theta Kappa Experience. As a chapter advisor, an alumni advisor, Regional Coordinator and longtime supporter, she worked to enhance the value of membership and to provide opportunities to ensure student success. She leaves an incredible legacy," Dr. Risley said.The recipient of the Orlowski Candidate Scholarship is selected by vote of all International Officer candidates, and honors the candidate who best exemplifies the Society Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship.Dr. Player was advisor of Phi Theta Kappa's Theta Omega Chapter at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago and charter advisor of Alumni of Illinois alumni association, and Illinois Regional Coordinator from 1972-1998.She established the Orlowski scholarship in memory of Steve Orlowski, 1986-87 North Central Vice President, who died in office. Orlowski served as president of Theta Omega Chapter prior to his election as a National Officer."The Orlowski Scholarship has been one of the most meaningful awards I have ever received," said 2003 recipient Dawneen Banks. "The financial award enabled me to continue my undergraduate studies at Colorado State University where I earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and where I am now pursuing a graduate degree.""I keep the Orlowski Medallion in a prominent place on my desk to serve as a reminder that college education is a privilege not given to everyone. I hope that by accomplishing my dream of receiving a bachelor's degree, and now studying for a master's degree, I am honoring the memory of Steve Orlowski and the generosity of Dr. Player," said Banks, 2003-2004 Division IV International Vice President.Past winners of the Orlowski Candidate Scholarship include:2011 - Sarah Yates, Beta Zeta Omega Chapter, Pulaski Technical College, Arkansas2010 - Chris Percy, Omicron Phi Chapter, Treasure Valley Community College, Oregon2009 - Monika Groomes, Beta Alpha Xi Chapter, Estrella Mountain Community College, Arizona2008 - Kerry Cutler, Alpha Epsilon Omicron Chapter, Trident Technical College, South Carolina2007 - Cynthia Mason, Alpha Delta Chapter, Hopkinsville Community College, Kentucky2006 - Wayne McNeer, Nu Upsilon Chapter, Meridian Community College, Mississippi2005 - Debbra Esparza, Alpha Lambda Xi Chapter, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Texas2004 - Michael Gyurnek, Chi Epsilon Chapter, Valencia Community College, Orlando Campus, Florida2003 - Dawneen Banks, Beta Kappa Lambda Chapter, Aims Community College, Colorado2002 - Billy Martin, Pi Pi Chapter, Jefferson State Community College, Alabama2001 - Michelle Martin, Alpha Alpha Xi Chapter, Richland College, Texas2000 - Charles Bradshaw, Alpha Lambda Epsilon Chapter, Shawnee Community College, Illinois1999 - Derrick Jones, Alpha Zeta Sigma Chapter, Greenville Technical College, South Carolina1998 - Arthur Jefferson, Alpha Psi Theta Chapter, Allen County Community College, Alabama1997 - Teresa Womble, Mu Epsilon Chapter, Miami Dade College, Florida1996 - Buna Dahal, Phi Beta Chapter, College of DuPage, Illinois1995 - Robert "Doc" Watson, Jr., Beta Beta Eta Chapter, Gadsden State Community College, Alabama1994 - Kevin Braden, Alpha Rho Eta Chapter, Kishwaukee College, Illinois1993 - Steven Mullins, Alpha Rho Nu Chapter, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Michigan1992 - Beth Haisley, Alpha Upsilon Lambda Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College, Muncie Campus, Indiana1991 - Sister Bernadette Fossen, Eta Omicron Chapter, McCook Community College, Nebraska1990 - Clim Gonzales, Alpha Eta Delta Chapter, South Mountain Community College, Arizona1989 - Kate Brienze, Alpha Alpha Epsilon Chapter, Gateway Community College, Arizona1988 - Barbara Alcamo, Gamma Omicron Chapter, Kilgore College, Texas1987 - Jerry Booker, Omicron Psi Chapter, Grayson County College, Texas Comments are closed.