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Johanna A. Kolodziejski Memorial Scholarship

A scholarship is available to an entering freshman with financial need who is studying either psychology or neuroscience. There is a preference for a female student who has demonstrated strong academic success in high school despite enduring economic and/or other challenging life circumstances. This scholarship has been created by Professor of Psychology, Dennis J. Kolodziejski, in memory of his daughter, Dr. Johanna Adeline Kolodziejski, who lost her courageous battle with cancer in 2009 at the age of 32. Hanna grew up on the Western New England campus, engaging in scientific research while attending Longmeadow High School, and continued her studies by earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brown University. Following her undergraduate studies, she spent a year of service with AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps program. Despite a constant battle against cancer, she earned her Ph.D in Biology from Indiana University in 2007. Following her studies, she began working as a professor at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Always one to help others, Hanna overcame the adversity in her life by advocating for the success of others, focusing on numerous community initiatives. Despite her short time in this world, her wonder, energy, optimism, and appreciation for the value of scientific education and social justice will never be lost. Through this scholarship, her father hopes to inspire and recognize the same curiosity and spirit towards science and community activism in other young people who have already begun to make a difference.

To make a donation to this scholarship, please click here. Under “gift designation” please select “Designate my gift to a specific area,” “Other,” and type in “Johanna A. Kolodziejski Memorial Scholarship.”