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USAA Scholarship Selection Committee

DR. CARLA BEVINS
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
LEXINGTON, KY
Carla Bevins, Ph.D., is currently a Faculty Lecturer in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Bevins research interests include Translational and Health Communication issues in Third-World medical communities. She teaches classes in Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking and Writing, and Corporate and Business Communication. Outside the classroom, Dr. Bevins enjoys working on Science Literacy initiatives, writing creative nonfiction novels, crocheting, reading, and working with local community groups on new educational initiatives.


MR. JOSEPH DEPUGLIO
HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL EAST
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ

Mr. DePuglio has thirty plus years teaching experience. He is currently teaching A level Physics and AP Physics at Hamilton High School East. In addition to his teaching assignment, Mr. DePuglio serves in the State of New Jersey Mentor of Science Teachers and, he is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. Mr. DePuglio's honors include Governor's Teacher Grant in 1988 and Mercer County Engineers Society Physics Teacher of the Year 2000. In addition, he is the first physics teacher in New Jersey to ever receive the Delaware Valley Engineers Society Physics Teacher of the Year 2001 award. Mr. DePuglio has received Who's Who Among America's Teachers honors for the three editions. Who's Who Among America's Physics Teachers for Six editions. Holds two Masters Degrees in the areas of Physics and Counseling. Honored by NJN-TV show across New Jersey. (2005) Nominated for Leading Educators of the World 2005 Inclusion in the thirty-third edition of the Dictionary of International Biography for 2006. Included in the Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century out of Cambridge England. (2005) Member of NEA, NJEA, HTEA, American Association of Physics Teachers. NPM. SMN, ASCAP.AFM. NHR's outstanding American Teachers 2005/2006. IBC's 21st century award for achievement 2006.


MS. ROBIN HELM
NEW COVENANT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
PAGELAND, SC

Ms. Robin Helm graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA from Piedmont Baptist College in Winston-Salem, NC, where she was a member of Delta Epsilon Chi, the accompanist for the chorale, and a vocalist in the chapel choir and a mixed quartet. Ms. Helm was also named in Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities. For the last twenty-five years, she has taught in Christian schools in Florida and South Carolina. She taught English, Spanish, Bible, and Chorus at New Covenant Christian School in Pageland, SC. Ms. Helm also coached several choric speaking and readers' theatre groups, edited the yearbook, sponsored the Beta Clubs and the American Christian Honor Society, coordinated the High School Fine Arts Festival, and coached JV and Varsity volleyball. She has received recognition in Who's Who Among America's Teachers and educators five times. Ms. Helm has had her poetry published twice in Creative Communication's Celebrate Poets: Speak Out.

After twenty-five years, Ms. Helm has retired from teaching high school English. She has now published all three books of The Guardian Trilogy: Guardian, Soul Fire, and Legacy. All three books have been off and on the best seller lists for the past year, and they were all three Hot New Releases, usually in the number one spot for the genre. Presently, Ms. Helm is writing her fourth book, Accidentally Yours, teaching music pastime at a local elementary school, and teaching private piano lessons in a music academy of which she is the director. Ms. Helm blogs as The Crown Hill Writers' Guild on Jane Started It at http://crownhillwriters.wordpress.com/, and she is one of the three founders and administrators of a writer's forum, Beyond Austen, at http://www.beyondausten.com/index.php?/index.Ms. Helm enjoys spending time with her family; reading; playing the piano, keyboard, and flute at church, directing the adult choir, and directing the hand bell choir.

DR. GEORGE M. LUCKEY
MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY
MOREHEAD, KY

Dr. Luckey taught college students for over 40 years as a professor of philosophy at Morehead State University. Professor Luckey has made nearly 50 professional presentations and has been a featured speaker at the International and National Conferences on the Freshman Year Experience, International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform, National Conference on Student Retention, National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, and numerous regional and state meetings. He has led nearly 40 teaching for success workshops for public school teachers and college faculty in over 20 states. Professor Luckey is a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award at Morehead State University where he was director of the Academic Honors Program and the Center for Critical Thinking. Dr. Luckey is author of Critical Thinking and Active Learning in the College Portfolio for Success and serves as Educational consultant to the International Organization for Student Success.


PROF. MICHAEL DAVID MARSHALL
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO
HILO, HI

Professor Marshall received his BFA in painting from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and his MFA in painting from Yale University. He is presently a professor in the Art Department at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Professor Marshall has been teaching for over 30 years and has received numerous grants and awards, including UH Diversity and Equity SEED Initiative, the Juror's Award for Mixed Media, and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Purchase Award. In addition to teaching, Professor Marshall has had solo exhibitions and group exhibitions of his art works at numerous museums and galleries. His works have also been included in many public and corporate collections.




DR. DAGMAR NOSEK
USAA
LEXINGTON, KY

Dagmar Nosek, Ph.D., spent almost two decades as a researcher and as an educator. Her contribution was in the field of chemistry and pharmaceuticals. Part of her research was done in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Nosek has published extensively and has given presentations at national and international conferences. She is very passionate about education and currently serves as Chair of the Scholarship committee. In her free time, Dr. Nosek enjoys reading, hiking and visiting National Parks.




MS. MYRIAM BELL
FLOUR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL
CORPUS CHRISTY, TX

Myriam Forrez Bell has been teaching Advanced Placement English Language and Composition and English IV at Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, for seventeen years. She earned her Master’s Degree in English at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, and a National Board Certification ELA/YA in Texas. She is a wife, mother of two children, and grandmother of two darling boys.

Myriam believes that she is living her dream as a high school teacher, working with young people and helping them find the best opportunities for personal growth. The USAA Academy provides such opportunities through its essay competition and its scholarship programs. Myriam is honored to serve as a committee member for this excellent organization that promotes and celebrates student success.