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10-04-2011

Monroe Receives Clarkson University Physical Therapy Scholarship in Memory of Melissa Walsh

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/monroeb-walsh11.jpg .]

Clarkson University’s 2011 Melissa A. Walsh ’03 ’05 Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been awarded to second-year doctor of physical therapy student Brittany Monroe of Massena, N.Y.

Left to right:Brittany Monroe and George Fulk, chair of the Physical Therapy Department.The scholarship was established in memory of Walsh by her family and friends to assist a Clarkson University physical therapy student with qualities and goals similar to Walsh's.

Walsh was a Massena High School and Clarkson University graduate, who lost her life in a 2007 motor vehicle accident. At Clarkson, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2003 and a master of physical therapy degree in 2005.

In applying for the scholarship, Monroe wrote, "Since I was a young adult my ultimate goal has been to become a physical therapist... I believe my dedication and ambition to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a PT has helped keep me on a clear track and assisted me to where I am today. I feel it's very important to have goals you can be excited about and that mean something deep in your heart.... I not only want to become the best PT that I can be, but I also want to help my classmates succeed and become the best PT's that they can be... Hard work and sacrifice while caring for those around you, coupled with perseverance, will help you reach your goals."

A description of the scholarship reads, in part:

"The Walsh Scholarship was established to celebrate Melissa’s life and continue support of the physical therapy profession. Melissa was a standout student, respected amongst professors and peers... She went on to become a licensed physical therapist and worked in outpatient orthopedics. Melissa put her heart into all that she did, whether relationships, education, or employment. Melissa was a role model in every sense of the word, in her personal life, her professional commitment, and her belief in caring for others... Melissa’s life and accomplishments are an excellent example of what a Clarkson University student should strive to achieve."

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University’s Melissa A. Walsh ’03 ’05 Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been awarded to second year doctor of physical therapy student Brittany Monroe of Massena, N.Y. Left to right: Monroe and George Fulk, chair of the Physical Therapy Department.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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