Dr Patricia VanDyke Trailblazer Scholarship
Dr. Patricia VanDyke (Dr. Patt) earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin- Platteville and her Masters and PhD. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to Northwest she taught high school in New Glarus and Monroe, Wisconsin. While at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she spent a year as a fieldworker for the Dictionary of American Regional English.
Dr. VanDyke came to Northwest in 1969. She intended for it to be a short stay, but like many others, she fell in love with the University and the Maryville community. She retired from Northwest in 2001. She began her Northwest career in the English Department and earned full professor status. In 1986, she became the inaugural director of the Talent Development Center (now the Student Success Center). She continued in University administration as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean of Libraries. She was honored with the Tower Service Award in 1994 and the Northwest Commitment to Quality Award in 1998. She was proud of her role in developing the principles that became the foundation for the University’s Culture of Quality. She was a published poet and also served as the editor of two books highlighting innovations at Northwest: The Culture of Quality: Effective Faculty Teams and Keeping the Promise: Achieving and Maintaining Quality in Undergraduate Education. She was respected by students and colleagues for her intellect, honesty, fairness, kindness, and integrity.
Following her retirement, Dr. VanDyke continued to reside in Maryville. She was an avid supporter of cultural and athletic events at Northwest. She passed away at her home in Maryville in March, 2017.
In establishing the Dr. Patricia VanDyke Trailblazer Scholarship, she recognized that accessing a college education can be challenging and oftentimes obstacles have to be faced, addressed, and overcome. Hard work, motivation, and dedication are the hallmarks of perseverance. She hoped this scholarship would reward and assist those who persevere in their desire to make earning a college degree a priority and a reality.
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