First Walden University PDK Scholarships Awarded

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Scholarships honor founders of Walden's Phi Delta Kappa cyber chapter.

Walden University's cyberspace chapter of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), a society for professional educators, awarded its first two Simon-Poppenhagen Scholarships to Walden Ph.D. in Education students Candace Stine and Sandy Wenzel.

The scholarships, one for $500 and the other for $1,000, honor a former Walden education dean, Dr. Brent Poppenhagen, and a current education faculty member, Dr. Marilyn K. Simon, who are both founding members of the chapter.

Candace Stine lives in Broken Arrow, Okla. The third-grade teacher works in a Title I instruction program and tutors upper-elementary-aged children struggling in reading and math. Sandy Wenzel lives in Madison, Wis., where she is an upper-elementary-level special education teacher.
"We have two extremely worthy recipients of our first Simon-Poppenhagen scholarships," says Simon. "Both Sandy and Candy epitomize Walden's mission of social change."

Stine is seeking her Ph.D. with the hope of becoming a full-time college instructor. "My dissertation will investigate teacher efficacy relative to quality professional development," Stine says. She wants to use her dissertation as preliminary research for a more formal study of teacher-education

Wenzel is earning her Ph.D. with the goals of one day working in educational leadership in secondary or higher education and teaching at the college level. Her dissertation will address the overrepresentation of African-American boys in special education. "This is a significant and chronic problem, and my study may contribute to the scholarly literature on the topic," she says.

About Phi Delta Kappa
Walden's cyber chapter of PDK--the only PDK cyber chapter in existence--is seven years old and boasts 125 members and its own peer-reviewed online journal, the Journal of Educational Practice for Social Change.

Phi Delta Kappa is a well-respected professional association for educators and student educators. It advocates for public schools and publishes the Phi Delta Kappan, the most cited educational journal in the United States. PDK has 650 chapters in the United States, Canada and parts of Europe and Asia.

About Walden University
Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master's and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master's programs in engineering and IT and a bachelor's completion program in business. Walden University is a member of the Laureate International Universities network, the largest global network of accredited campus-based and online universities. For more information, visit

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, ; 312-263-0456.

Ana Sanchez
Minneapolis, MN 55401


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