David H. Nicholson Graduate Fellowship in Adult Education
Distinguished Professor Emerita of Education Eunice "Nickie" Askov and her husband Warren H. Askov established the "David H. Nicholson Graduate Fellowship in Adult Education" with an outright gift in 2009. The cost for graduate education, however, continues to rise. Recognizing this challenge, Nickie and Warren have decided to document their intentions to augment their endowment with an estate gift. The endowment, which is named for Nickie's father, supports and recognizes outstanding graduate students who have been admitted to Penn State as candidates for a graduate degree in Adult Education in the College of Education with a focus of study in adult or family literacy.
"We would love to see more students interested in the area of adult and family literacy," said Nickie. "This scholarship will be able to help at least one student every year develop a passion for this kind of education."
Nickie is the former co-director of the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy. She was also the first Literacy Leader Fellow at the National Institute for Literacy in Washington, DC, carrying out research related to skill standards and workplace literacy.
Nickie was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame in 2004 and then into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2007. She has researched and published extensively in adult, family, and workplace literacy. She led in the development of the first master's degree (in adult education) offered by the Penn State World Campus and was instrumental in developing the Ph.D. in adult education at Penn State.
Warren completed an M.Ed. and did additional graduate work in Human Development and Learning at the University of Wisconsin and certification in School Psychology in the College of Education at Penn State. He worked as a school psychologist with area schools and later directed reading and study skills in the Learning Assistance Center at Penn State.
Nickie and Warren reside in State College. They have two children and four grandchildren.