Dr. Kristine Derer Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Kristine Derer taught at NMSU as an associate professor in the department of special education and communications disorders. Her personal passion was early childhood special education focusing on early intervention and empowering families. Kristine grew up in Illinois and earned her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Illinois University. She continued her education at the University of Hawaii where she earned her master’s and received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Throughout her life she had a passion for the martial arts. Particularly Tai Chi. For more than 18 Years, she taught a weekly class in Las Cruces. Recognized regionally and nationally for her dedication to her profession, her sisters, Terri Eisele and Mardi Scheske, established a scholarship endowment in her honor within the department after she passed away in Early 2010. This scholarship will benefit a junior, senior, or graduate-level student interested in following a career path similar to Kristine’s.


Financial Need: Required
Class Level: JR. SR. GR.
Required Minimum GPA: 3.5
Required Major: SPED/CD
Other requirements: Preference to students who demonstrate passion for special education and a commitment to teaching excellence, as shown through work experiences, volunteer work, internships and coursework.