Past Features

February 20, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 2)

Lehman Graduate Counseling Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Lisa deMauro
Lisa DeMauro

Lehman graduate counseling student Lisa DeMauro is one of 15 national recipients of this year's Ross Trust Graduate Student Scholarship. Now in its third year, the scholarship recognizes academic distinction along with a commitment to volunteer service and a desire to work in a K-12 educational environment. DeMauro will receive a $1,000 scholarship, a one-year membership in the American Counseling Association (ACA), and a complimentary registration for the 2007 ACA convention in Detroit.

"In addition to having a 4.0 average in her course work, Lisa has a history of social justice activities," says Dr. Faith Deveaux, coordinator of the graduate program in Counselor Education and chair of the Department of Specialized Services in Education, who nominated DeMauro for this award. "She is a representative of the students enrolled in the Counselor Education Program, who are committed to our conceptual framework of 'justice, equity, and caring in urban education.'"

The Ross Trust was established through the generosity of Roland and Dorothy Ross to provide scholarships to students preparing to be counselors in the nation's elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Administered through the ACA and the ACA Foundation, 15 scholarships were awarded nationwide this year: ten to master's-level students and five to doctoral candidates. The ACA, founded in 1952, is the world's largest non-for-profit, professional and educational organization representing professional counselors in various practice settings.

DeMauro, who grew up in Queens, became interested in social justice issues in the sixties. After a career in publishing, she returned in the 1990s to activism and working with young people.

"My decision to be a school counselor grew out of a desire to work full-time and in a systemic way toward these same goals of social justice," she says. "The School Counselor program at Lehman, with its emphasis on closing achievement, attainment, and opportunity gaps for all students, offered the ideal path and training for me to work toward that goal." She plans to work in a middle school counseling program, addressing peer mediation, anti-bullying, and diversity issues.