Two Waltham students are the recipients of the 2013 Targovnik Scholarship Award at American International College. Twin brothers Peter and Jeffrey Jean-Paul received the award recently at a college ceremony.
The award, named in honor of L. Eric Targovnik, an AIC student who died in 1987, is given out annually to the student who makes the most effective use of the college's Supportive Learning Services (SLS) facilities.
Graduates of Waltham High School, Peter Jean-Paul is a junior at AIC majoring in sociology, while Jeffrey is a junior majoring in communications.
Michele Moriarty-Ryan, a tutor in the SLS program, has worked with Jeffrey for two years. "Jeffrey is an upbeat, respectful student who has demonstrated his motivation and seriousness toward his studies. He has a commitment to his educational success that is admirable," she said.
Peter's tutor, Laurie Messer, also had words of praise for her award-winning student. "As an educator, it is a pleasure to work with a young man of such character," she said of Peter. "His work ethic and successes as a college student have been demonstrated in his application of knowledge that he applies in all of his academic endeavors. His enthusiasm to learn and understand course content are often reflected in his questions and thoughtful responses," she said.
The SLS is part of the Curtis Blake Center at American International College. Founded in 1974, the center was a pioneer in providing guidance and inspiration to elementary-age and high school students with learning disabilities. Staffed by nationally-acclaimed specialists, soon expanded its services to include the Supportive Learning Services program at AIC for full-time college students.