In the late 1960’s, Dr. Peter Jenkins was a Professor of Psychology and the President of the Keene State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. In a later role as Professor of Management and in numerous less formal capacities he was an important and significant member of the Keene State College faculty. He has been referred to as the “conscience of Keene State College.” Professor Jenkins founded and chaired two academic departments during his tenure at Keene State, the Departments of Psychology and Management. He was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Jenkins was well known for his philosophy: “Do something, even it it’s wrong.” He argued that it is often easier to fix something than to attempt to act after an opportunity is past. He believed that when one is faced with a situation requiring action, or a problem requiring a solution, action is preferable to inaction, even action requiring subsequent correction or modification. There is, of course, always the possibility that the action taken may prove to have been appropriate and correct. It may be added that he would probably have hoped that action taken, with such knowledge, training and principle as higher education might provide would more often be right than wrong, but that action taken can be altered if need be. This can hardly be said for inaction, or for a demonstrated lack of sense of responsibility. Either of the latter would have been to Peter Jenkins, anathema.

John Zanes
Friend and fellow Professor of Dr. Peter Jenkins

Each student’s essay should contain the following information:

A. Education, professional, and personal goals
B. How applicant has paid education expenses to date.
C. If financial aid is a factor, an explanation of need should be present.
D. If graduate school is a factor, identification of specific plans including area of study, universities to which student has or plans to apply, and time frame for study.
E. Statement concerning the applicant’s views concerning the importance of personal and societal commitments to
excellence, integrity, concern for humanity, and the “Do Something” philosophy.


Applications due Spring Term annually Application files distributed to committee by Spring Term annually. Scholarship committee selects applicant prior to the end of the Spring Term annually. Scholarship awarded at Honors Convocation during the following Fall Term.


The scholarship committee will choose a recipient based upon a combination of financial need, plans for graduate school, and commitment to excellence, integrity, concern for humanity, and the “Do Something” philosophy. Financial need or plans for graduate school will not be sole determinants. It is possible for an applicant with strengths in areas other than financial need to earn the scholarship. In a similar fashion, an applicant not planning to attend graduate school but who has worked exceptionally hard to earn a KSC degree might be awarded the scholarship to allow the recipient to have some discretionary money to be spent as the recipient chooses. Application forms may be obtained from the Chair of the Management Department.

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