Giovanna DiPasquale receives Pruden Award

Dean Spencer Niles presents the Pruden scholarship award to Giovanna DiPasquale .Giovanna DiPasquale was the 2014 recipient of the Peter and Phyllis Pruden Scholarship, which was established in 2006 by Phyllis and Peter D. Pruden, Jr. to provide support to students concentrating in elementary education.

After years of seeking her career path – having studied subjects ranging from calculus to pharmacy to computer aided drafting – Giovanna discovered that her true passion was a love of learning.  After graduating with an associate and bachelor’s degree as well as working in the retail industry for a decade, this discovery ultimately led her to the field of education.

Currently pursuing her M.A.Ed. at William and Mary (W&M), Giovanna responded as follows to what she loves about the W&M community: “Everything!  I love that the student body is small and tight knit.  Students can develop strong, positive relationships with other students and faculty.  I feel as if my individual development is important and that my contributions and opinions matter.”

Giovanna’s future career goals include becoming an elementary school teacher as well as a reading or math specialist.  In addition, she hopes to build upon her Associate of Illustration degree by becoming a children’s book author and illustrator.