CMAS Scholarship Recipients


de Lissovoy Scholarship Recipients

2023-24

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

My name is Jasmine Kaypour and I am a Junior at Penn State with a major in Criminology and a double minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies and Art. In the future, I plan to go to law school and become a criminal prosecutor to advocate and seek justice for victims of abuse and their families. After taking one CMAS course in my sophomore year, I knew that I wanted to dedicate my future to making a difference for these children. I am incredibly grateful for this experience to be interning at the Centre County Child Advocacy Center. I genuinely believe it will help me in my professional career as I learn to effectively communicate with and assist victims of abuse. I hope to learn more about the multisystemic approach to handling these cases and see how members of these multidisciplinary teams interact with one another. I am confident that this experience will provide me with valuable knowledge and insight to make a difference in the future.

 
Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

My name is Megan McBride and I am a junior from Bucks County, PA. My major is Telecommunications & Media Industries, and my minors are Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) and Child Maltreatment Advocacy Studies (CMAS). After I graduate, I plan to attend law school and become a family lawyer! Getting the opportunity to work at Centre County CYS will afford me the hands-on experience I will not be able to get at any law schools. I hope to form a deeper understanding of what goes on behind the scenes of the cases and courtrooms I will work with in the future. My goal is to be as empathetic and fair as possible in my future career, and I know this internship will teach me invaluable lessons about the child welfare system and the families involved with it.


2022-23

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

My name is Julia Clemens, I am a Junior at Penn State where I double major in Psychology and Criminology with a minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy studies. In the future, I hope to work with children and families through Child Welfare or through the education system. As I try to figure this out, I feel incredibly lucky to be able to intern at the Centre County Child Advocacy Center. I hope to learn about all of the best ways to help children after they have experienced trauma in their young lives. Children continue to inspire me the longer that I learn about their resilience and reaction to adversity, and I look forward to being able to develop the proper skills to help them heal and grow up to be successful individuals.

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

My name is Elena Eckenrode and I am currently a junior nursing student. I am also minoring in child maltreatment and advocacy studies (CMAS) as well as psychology. Next year I will be continuing my senior year at Penn State’s Hershey medical campus to complete my Bachelor of Science in Nursing! My internship site is at Dauphin County CYS in spring 2023. I have always had a love for the sciences and helping others and this is why I decided nursing was the perfect fit for me. Having grown up in a family full of nurses, including my late grandmother, I was able to learn so much about this profession at a young age. I have a passion for working with children as well and in addition to this, I am also excited to announce that I will be interning at UPMC Children’s Hospital this summer in hopes of working there in the future as well! 

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

My name is Alexis Murphy-Costanzo and I'm a Psychology major and a Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies minor from Broomall, PA. I am so excited to complete my internship at Centre County Children and Youth Services in the fall, where I will learn more about working in child welfare. After graduation, I plan to go to graduate school to earn a degree that allows me to continue to work in the prevention and treatment of child abuse. The CMAS minor has given me a deeper understanding of child maltreatment, and I am excited to use this opportunity to continue to grow as a future professional in this field

 

Past de Lissovoy interns:

2021-22

  • Josie Currie, Nursing
  • Devon Gannon, Nursing

2020-21

  • Gianna Gordon, Nursing
  • Julia Santoro, Rehabilitation and Human Services

2019-20

  • Stephanie Howell, Immunology and Infectious Disease
  • Samantha Niagara, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Grace Pulido, Nursing

2018-19

  • Haley Engelman, Psychology
  • Kayla Clements, Criminology
  • Kelsey Ort, Criminology

2017-18

  • Rachel Coval, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Lydia Harris, Nursing

2016-17

  • Margaret Costa, Science
  • Alexis Jefferson, Nursing


Current Reducing Disparities in Child Welfare interns:

2023-24

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

My name is Hannah Donnell and I am currently a junior majoring in Biobehavioral Health and minoring in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies. After graduation, I am planning to attend medical school and work towards becoming a pediatrician. My internship site is at the State College Youth Service Bureau (YSB) JUMP program in spring 2024. One of my biggest passions is helping others, especially kids and their families, so I am beyond grateful to have this opportunity. While being involved in the YSB-JUMP program, I am hoping to learn more about how to become a mentor for the youth and how the program helps the children improve their behaviors. 

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

My name is Hannah Majofsky and I am a junior at Penn State with a major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and a minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies. In the future, I plan to become an elementary school teacher. I have always had a love for children, and in my future career I want to ensure that I am fully equipped to support and protect my students. Through the CMAS minor, I will have a deeper understanding of how I, as a future educator, can work towards recognizing and preventing child maltreatment. I am extremely grateful to be granted the opportunity to work with the Centre County Child and Youth Services. Through this hands-on experience, I can gain the knowledge necessary to ensure that I am a well-equipped future educator.

 

2022-23

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

My name is Julia Chan and I am a nursing major with a HDFS minor in addition to the CMAS minor. I will be doing my internship with Dauphin County CYS and I hope to learn more about the medical perspective in child maltreatment and advocacy. In the future I hope to work as a pediatric community health nurse or work with mother/baby.

 

Past Reducing Disparities in Child Welfare interns:

2021-22

  • Janiyah Davis, Criminology and Psychology
  • Lani Rosenbaum, Psychology


Past McNair Scholar:

2021-2022

  • Silvia Barboza, Psychology 

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