Temple students receive $1,000 scholarships from disabilities commission
Temple students Bonnie Moulton and Gunter Pfau have received scholarships through the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities.
The $1,000 Oliver M. Jordan Memorial Scholarships were presented last semester.
A doctoral student in the College of Education, Moulton focused her dissertation, which she expects to compete this May, on aging issues for people with cerebral palsy. Her qualitative study examines a host of issues related to aging and disability, a neglected topic in research, she said. Study participants are folks with disabilities who are living full, vigorous lives.
“When I ask them, ‘How do you think the world sees you?’ people have said, almost unanimously, that they have felt that they have to prove themselves, that they have to prove their competence,” said Moulton, a Germantown resident who also holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and a master’s degree in educational psychology from Temple. “These are people with dreams and hopes and real skill sets.”
An instructor in the ACES (Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports) program in Temple’s Institute on Disabilities, Moulton also is involved in Project Good, a program that promotes health issues for people with cerebral palsy.
Pfau, a resident of Northeast Philadelphia, is completing his undergraduate degree in finance and entrepreneurship. After three months of planning, he recently launched STUZO.com, a company that helps students sell their used books online. In just three weeks of operation, the site had 1,000 registered users and more than 600 books posted.
Next fall, Pfau is looking to expand the company to the 10 largest schools in the country and, in time, to include items other than books.
“We want to take it public and sell anything and everything that students want and need,” said Pfau, who is considering attending graduate school at Harvard, Stanford or Penn.
Pfau is the founder of the Temple chapter of Toastmasters, an international group that promotes effective communication and leadership in business.
- By Barbara Baals