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08-05-2016

Jason Guennel Receives Clarkson University Physical Therapy Scholarship in Memory of Melissa Walsh

Clarkson University’s 2016 Melissa A. Walsh ’03 ’05 Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been awarded to doctor of physical therapy student Jason Guennel of Ausable Forks, N.Y.

Jason GuennelThe scholarship was established in memory of Walsh by her family and friends to assist a Clarkson University physical therapy student with qualities and goals similar to Walsh's.

Walsh was a Massena High School and Clarkson University graduate, who lost her life in a 2007 motor vehicle accident. At Clarkson, she earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology in 2003 and a master of physical therapy degree in 2005.

Guennel received his bachelor of arts degree in sociology from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2009.

"As a physical therapist, it is expected that you develop a team with other therapists, doctors, nurses, case managers and anyone else who is involved with patient care," Guennel wrote in his scholarship application. "It is important for me to be the best physical therapist I can be. This is why I work so hard to build the relationships with my faculty and peers, as the network continues to grow and my peers and I emerge as physical therapists in the near future, we have each other, the faculty and every other individual involved in the healthcare process to maximize the care for our patients."

A description of the scholarship reads, in part:

"The Walsh Scholarship was established to celebrate Melissa’s life and continue support of the physical therapy profession. Melissa was a standout student, respected amongst professors and peers... She went on to become a licensed physical therapist and worked in outpatient orthopedics. Melissa put her heart into all that she did, whether relationships, education, or employment. Melissa was a role model in every sense of the word, in her personal life, her professional commitment, and her belief in caring for others... Melissa’s life and accomplishments are an excellent example of what a Clarkson University student should strive to achieve."

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/jguennel.jpg .]

Photo caption: Clarkson University’s Melissa A. Walsh ’03 ’05 Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been awarded to doctor of physical therapy student Jason Guennel.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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