In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Chapter, the first Edna May Merson/Kappa Delta Pi Scholarship was presented to Ms. Kim Williams, an English major in Secondary Education. Dr. Edna May Merson, past president of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter in 1944-45, presented the scholarship award to Ms. Williams on April 25, 1989.
This scholarship is awarded annually in Dr. Merson's name. The Epsilon Alpha Chapter is grateful for the establishment of scholarship award as it exemplifies the ideals of the society and reflects Dr. Merson's high degree of professional leadership.
Edna May Merson graduated from Towson State in 1945 and received he master's and doctorate from the University of Maryland. Dr. Merson was a teacher, teaching assistant principal, assistant principal and principal in the Baltimore County Public Schools for forty-one years.
Dr. Merson was president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1986-87; president of the Maryland Department of Elementary School Principals, 1970-72, and president of CEASOM, 1976-77. She is a charter member of the Mu Chapter of the Delta Kappa Ganna Society and served as president of Alpha Beta State, Maryland in 1969-71 and as Northeast Regional Director in 1974-76. She is a life member of both the Maryland and National PTAs adn has been very active in Girl Scouts and the Soroptimists. A former president of the Towson State College Alumni Association, Dr. Merson is also a life member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church and former member of the Board of Education at St. Clement School, both in Lansdowne. Dr. Merson retired as principal of Lansdowne Elementary School in 1986, having served her community there for nine years as principal and five years previously as a teaching vice principal.
Following her retirement, she was elected President Elect and President of the Maryland Retired Teachers Association and later wrote the history of the first sixty years of the association.
In February 2005, she retired as Administrator for the Council of Educational Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland.
Dr. Marilyn L. Nicholas has been a teacher educator at Towson University since 1967. Initially, she served as an assistant professor in Elementary Education from 1967-1976 and then as associate professor until 1990, after which she was promoted to full professor. During the 1980s, she served in the CASE (Center for Applied Skills in Education) Office as associate director, acting director, and director.
As an active participant in Kappa Delta Pi, Dr. Nicholas has made numerous contributions of her time throughout the years. At the national level she chaired the Baltimore Bi-Annual Convocation (1997-1999), served as Vice President of the National Executive Council (1994-1996), and coordinated as well as participated as a member of the Constitution By-Laws Committee (1996-1999). Regionally, Dr. Nicholas hosted two KDP leadership conferences at Towson that encouraged participation from chapter members throughout the east coast. Our university chapter, Epsilon Alpha, was fortunate to have her guidance as counselor from 1980-2000. During that time some of the most notable honors she brought to the chapter included establishing the Edna May Merson Annual Scholarship and chartering KDP chapters at Notre Dame College and Villa Julie College. Kappa Delta Pi has benefited from her experience at all levels and our local chapter appreciates the vision she continues to provide.
Dr. Nicholas's dedication to teacher education is evident not only through her service to Kappa Delta Pi, but also through her concern for education beyond Towson. She established this scholarship for graduate students as an opportunity to assist them in furthering their professional development.