Nelson-MacLellan Endowed Scholarship in the College of Education
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For admitted students at the undergraduate level (junior or senior) seeking a degree in special education. Recipients shall be selected on the basis of their academic excellence, financial need, and their strong interest in special education.
About Sheila MacLellan Nelson
This endowed scholarship honors the career of Sheila MacLellan Nelson, who began her teaching career in Marquette, Michigan at the approximate time that programs for the mentally handicapped were emerging from “church basements” and first appearing in public schools. She came to Michigan State University in 1964 for graduate studies and worked for the Lansing Public Schools. She received her M.A. in Special Education from Michigan State University in 1966. She worked in Oswego County, New York, in Elementary, Junior, and Senior High School Special Education classes, introducing the concept of mainstreaming long before state mandates. She retained her strong interest in teaching students with learning disabilities after retiring in 1992 following 31 years of teaching.
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