Two Genesee Students Receive Prestigious Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarships

Two Genesee Community College students have received the prestigious Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarships, awarded to individuals preparing to become teachers. Joan Dylag of Corfu and Tina Moore of Batavia received the awards in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements at Genesee.

Ms. Dylag is planning to pursue her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at SUNY College at Geneseo, while Ms. Moore has been accepted at SUNY College at Brockport as a presidential scholar. She will pursue a degree in Childhood Education with a major in English Ms. Dylag hopes to eventually receive a Master's Degree in Autism at Canisius College.

The Genesee County chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma has awarded scholarships to outstanding Genesee graduates pursuing a teaching career for thirty years. Delta Kappa Gamma is an international honor society of women who have pursued successful careers in education. The purpose of the society is to further the ideals of the teaching profession and the progress of humanity. Beta Alpha is the Genesee County chapter, and currently has about 70 members including a number of members who serve as faculty or staff members at Genesee Community College.

This year's scholarship awards totaled $750 each. The awards were due in large part to the generosity of Irma Devoe, a Delta Kappa Gamma member.

Genesee Community College was the first community college in the state university system to offer a teacher education transfer degree. The degree gives students the opportunity to complete many of the general education requirements of SUNY baccalaureate colleges, and provides students with introductory education courses. Genesee's Teacher Education Transfer program has grown in popularity over the last several years in response to the looming teacher shortage across the United States.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship honors outstanding students at Genesee as well as Genesee's Teacher Education Transfer program, said Priscilla DiRisio, Transfer Counselor at Genesee and Delta Kappa Gamma member. "We are very, very proud of Joan and Tina, and all of the wonderful students who have received scholarships from Delta Kappa Gamma over the years," she said. "We are just as proud of our program. We know that, through our efforts, we will help insure that our local schools have dedicated, highly traned teachers far into the future."