By Jenna Smith
Elizabeth Nelson, a transfer interdisciplinary studies major from College Station, was awarded the 2006 Peggy J. Ritchey Endowed Scholarship. The annual scholarship is open to Texas A&M students who are children or grandchildren of College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) support staff or retired support staff.
As the daughter of Joyce Nelson, director of advising for the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, and a current education major herself, Nelson will use her scholarship to continue to impact the field of education.
Nelson participated in several community and educational programs, including volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Twin City Mission, Our Savior's Lutheran Church mission trips to South Texas, and Windsor Pointe Tutoring, in which she tutored students at Pebble Creek Elementary.
The scholarship is awarded in honor of Peggy Ritchey, who worked for Texas A&M for 34 years, and held a variety of support staff positions during her tenure and worked to increase the professionalism of support staff and to provide a voice for support staff personnel. She was a charter member of TAPSS, the Texas A&M University Association for Professional Support Staff. She also helped establish the CEHD Staff Advisory Council and the CEHD Outstanding Staff Award. The scholarship rewards those students, who have demonstrated the qualities of caring for others, persistence and school/community leadership.