ATHENS, Ohio (June 1, 2006) -- Alumni and friends of Ohio University have committed $15,000 to establish an endowed scholarship in the College of Education to honor the life and work of the late Suzanne Apple.
Apple, a three-time Ohio University graduate, became a licensed psychologist in 1984. During her career, she worked at the Western Guidance Center in Parkersburg, W.Va., and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University. She also taught as an adjunct professor of psychology and led courses in the Department of Counseling in the College of Education. Apple is perhaps best known in the Athens community for her private psychology practice, where her clinical work focused on children and family mental health. A brain tumor took Apple's life in February 2006.
As a testament to Apple's life and work, 183 individuals and corporations have contributed to The Suzanne Apple Scholarship.
"I have been so overwhelmed by the out pouring of support and interest. I have come to know so much better what an impact Sue had on the lives of individuals and families in our community," says Dr. Apple's husband John Kotowski, a long-time Ohio University administrator currently serving as associate vice president of University Planning and Implementation. "Sue saw many children and their parents and was a very skilled clinical psychologist, but because of all the confidentiality issues around her profession, I had no idea how much she gave to the people who live in our town."
The Apple Scholarship will be awarded in perpetuity to second-year graduate students in the counselor education program in the College of Education. Preference will be given to students studying mental health counseling who demonstrate the desire, skill, or propensity to be clinical practitioners. First consideration will be given to individuals from underrepresented groups including those from Ohio's 29 Appalachian counties.
Apple was born in Toledo, Ohio, on March 19, 1949. She was a 1967 graduate of E.L. Bowsher High School where she received the E.L. Bowsher trophy for outstanding scholarship and leadership. She came to Athens and Ohio University in 1967. As a student, she was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity. Apple's undergraduate coursework was completed in 1972 with a focus in literature. She completed her graduate coursework in community counseling in 1974 and her Ph.D., focusing on counselor education, in 1982.
Married to Kotowski in 1982, she gave birth to their daughter, Katherine Jean Kotowski, in 1985.
"Our daughter is the lady she is because of her mother. Coming into our marriage, I had indicated to my wife that I did not think I could successfully raise a child," Kotowski said. "As I got to know Sue better during our marriage, I found that I was living with a person who could help me be a good father. I feel the counseling and guidance program helped to make Sue the person she was, and I want to help others have the same opportunity. Sue was the best thing to happen to me and I want to help her memory live on."
To make a gift to the Suzanne Apple Scholarship, contact The Ohio University Foundation at 1-800-592-FUND or firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks may be made payable to The Ohio University Foundation (be sure to write "Apple Scholarship" in the notes section) and sent to the foundation at P.O. Box 869, Athens, Ohio 45701. Gifts also can be made online at www.ohio.edu/give.
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