URI's College of Arts and Sciences awards two memorial
scholarships to liberal arts students
KINGSTON, R.I. -- July 12, 2000 -- University of Rhode Island College
of Arts and Sciences students Constance Giblin of North Providence
and Mavis Nimoh of Pawtucket know the value of a liberal arts education
is priceless. However, their essays about the subject have earned them the
first two Paul H. Conway Memorial $1,300 scholarships. Both women will enter
their junior year this fall.
"If my mother did not work full time as a secretary, I believe that
she would have become a professional worrier," Giblin says in her winning
essay. "She especially likes to worry about what sort of career I am
going have after I graduate with a degree in English." Giblin's mother
continually suggests careers to her daughter teacher, writer, publisher,
or bookstore owner.
Giblin, herself, is not worried. She knows she's getting a well-rounded
liberal arts education. After graduation, she plans to join the VISTA program,
hopes someday to publish a children's book and would like to eventually
own a bookstore. She doesn't know when all this will happen, but she isn't
concerned. "The value of a liberal arts education is the freedom of
choice, the cultivation of mind, and the many, many possibilities that will
be awaiting me when I graduate."
Nimoh, the other scholarship winner, is a political science major. She
also wrote of a conversation she had with her mother about pursuing a liberal
arts degree rather than a specialized degree. "I explained that people
who are in professional and more specialized areas of study are greatly
needed to keep society running. However, in a changing world, it is the
people who understand the history of the world and understand human nature
that will keep society stable and ready for technological advances."
The scholarships are named after the late Paul Conway who earned a degree
from URI in 1984. Conway, who lived in Coventry and graduated from Coventry
High School, gained many friends during his college days. A resident adviser
for four years and ardent Red Sox fan, Conway's easygoing nature endeared
him to his classmates. After they graduated, the Heathman Hall "gang"
kept in touch. Diagnosed with leukemia in 1989, Conway died in 1990.
Two of Conway's former classmates and friends, husband and wife Tom Silvia
and Shannon Chandley of Millis, Mass. established the scholarship.
"The reason why we set up this scholarship in Paul's name is that
Paul was a very faithful friend," said Silvia. "We spent many
hours in Heathman Hall hanging out. He was always upbeat and had a positive
view on life. He donated his time and assets to several organizations and
was a very dependable person. Whenever you needed help or a favor, Paul
was there. Also, I am sure that he would have been a committed alumnus.
He was very proud of his time at URI."
Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund should contact Thomas Zorabedian,
senior development officer for URI's College of Arts and Sciences, at 874-2853
For More Information: Thomas Zorabedian, 874-2853 or Jan
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