Muldrew awarded McElroy Fellowship for graduate study

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2017-05-02 14:39:07 - General

Alexandria Muldrew
Alexandria Muldrew

Coe College graduating senior Alexandria Muldrew has been awarded one of two R.J. McElroy Trust fellowships for graduate study beginning in the fall of 2017. Muldrew was selected from a field of finalists from colleges and universities in northeast Iowa.

A psychology and public relations major at Coe, Muldrew will enroll at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where she plans to earn her Ph.D. in school psychology. She is interested in working with children in a school setting, but her ultimate career goal is to become a faculty member in higher education, teaching psychology to undergraduate students.

The fellowships, which carry a stipend of up to $30,000 paid over three years, were established by the McElroy Trustees in 1983. They are designed to "encourage persons of accomplishment, intelligence, integrity and leadership ability to pursue challenging academic careers." Based upon satisfactory progress toward a Ph.D., the initial stipend of $10,000 may be renewed for two additional years.

This represents the sixth time out of the past nine years that a Coe graduating senior has received the prestigious McElroy Trust fellowship. Last year, Emily Roberts received the award. In 2013, Jason Maldonis was recognized with the award, while Sarah Anciaux received the McElroy in 2011. Tyler Mullenbach was awarded a McElroy in 2010 and Ben Franta was recognized with the honor in 2009.

With the knowledge that Coe alumna Emily Roberts received the McElroy last year, Muldrew researched the prestigious award and decided to apply.

"I looked into it and I realized it would be a perfect fit for me and what I’m planning to do with my future," said Muldrew.

Muldrew has completed four internships as an undergraduate student - two in psychology and two in public relations. While on campus, she has been involved in Psychology Club, Mortar Board, the V-Day women's rights organization and Coe Chorale. In addition, she has served as a Coehort mentor, a peer minister and a resident assistant. In the community, Muldrew has volunteered at the Jane Boyd Community House through Four Oaks and at various elementary schools in the Cedar Rapids area.

In recognition of her academic performance, Muldrew is a member of Mortar Board, STRATA senior women's honorary society, Phi Kappa Phi and Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology.

To enhance her education, Muldrew had the opportunity to study abroad at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She was nominated by Coe to participate in the experience, offered through the Irish-American Scholars exchange program.

Muldrew believes the scholarly research she has completed at Coe has provided her with solid academic preparation for her graduate program.

"The research opportunities offered through the Psychology Department have definitely helped me to be better prepared for graduate study," said Muldrew. "Working with different faculty members, as well as conducting my own independent research, has really helped me understand and know for sure that graduate school and a Ph.D. in psychology is the right path for me."

Muldrew is "grateful for the fellowship" and excited to begin her graduate studies. She credits Coe psychology professors Tom Moye and Nükhet Yarbrough for writing supportive recommendations to enhance her McElroy application.

A graduate of Plainfield North High School in Plainfield, Illinois, Alexandria is the daughter of Debbie Muldrew of Ft. Worth, Texas and Charles Muldrew of Houston, Texas.

The trust benefactor, R.J. McElroy, was a pioneer broadcaster who started KWWL and the Black Hawk Broadcasting Company in 1947. He died in 1965.

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