Heather M. Calkins, a first-year graduate student in the doctoral program in school psychology, is a 2016 recipient of the Illinois State University Foundation Fellowship.

Originally from Freeport, Calkins graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University in May 2016. While at Illinois Wesleyan, she served on the executive board for Psi Chi, was a member of The Autism Social Group, founded the IWU Anxiety and OCD Awareness Club, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Calkins works for CARE4U, a grant based in Champaign County, and is a teacher at iExcell in Bloomington. She is also a first-year representative of GASP, the Graduate Association of School Psychology.

The Illinois State University Foundation Fellowship is awarded to three doctoral and three master’s level students each year. To be considered for this award, applicants must demonstrate a potential for academic success at the graduate level, having attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, among other qualifications.