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Doris Shedd Receives Merit Scholarship


Contact: Tracie Stone
Ph: 603-493-2647


April 7, 2009 - CONCORD
- The Granite State College Alumni Learner Association recently awarded Doris Shedd of Andover a $1,000 merit scholarship in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement, thoughtful career path and dedication to achieving lifelong goals.

Shedd is currently working toward her self-designed Bachelor of Arts degree in Language Arts and Literature at Granite State College.  Upon completion of her degree Shedd hopes to pursue a career teaching special needs students.

In addition to maintaining a 3.92 grade point average, Shedd is a member of the national honor society, Alpha Sigma Lambda and works fulltime as a resident assistant at Woodcrest Village in New London.  She also works as a camp counselor each summer, teaches Sunday school classes to first and second grade children and volunteers weekly in the fourth grade classroom at Danbury Elementary School.

“Receiving this scholarship was such an encouragement to me. It provided the added impetus I needed to keep on keeping on.  I sincerely appreciate all those who donated to make this scholarship available to students at Granite State” said Shedd.  “I am excited and amazed.  My 50 year-old dream will soon become a reality.”

Shedd, the 2008 recipient of the Maynard Heckel Award, is one of ten deserving Granite State College students selected this year by the ALA Board to receive an ALA Merit Scholarship.

“The awarding of these scholarships is truly an honor and a privilege that the board thoroughly enjoys,” said John Paine, Chairman of the ALA Board of Directors.  “Having the opportunity to actually make a difference in the life of a Granite State College learner is remarkable.”

More than $110,000 in scholarships has been awarded by the ALA to deserving Granite State College students since 1990.  Its scholarship program is funded by donations made by graduates of Granite State College.

In addition to their fundraising efforts, the Granite State College ALA also works together with current Granite State College students, faculty and staff to promote the College in the community and throughout the state and to support the institution’s educational mission.

Granite State College is one of four University System of New Hampshire institutions.  It has nine academic centers located throughout New Hampshire and is committed to delivering affordable and convenient access to higher education via innovative programming.    

In addition to offering associate and bachelor degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teacher education and transfer opportunities, Granite State College is also a leader in online education degree programs.  Learn more about Granite State College by visiting