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Students Nominate Classmates for Scholarship The Glen Sabados Memorial Scholarship


Glen Sabados's quest to be an architect began early in life.

"He always wanted to be an architect," says Peggy Sabados, Glen's mother. "From the age of 6 or 7, he was already drawing, designing, and building things."

When the time came for Glen Sabados to branch out on his own, he remained steadfast in his career choice. After earning his associate degree from Southern Illinois University, he was accepted into Ball State's College of Architecture and Planning in 1989.

"He was thrilled, and I was as well," Peggy says. "I would go to visit, and he would show me the studio. I knew he was really putting everything he had into it."

While a student, Glen became well-known and loved by his peers. He was always eager to help his fellow students and proved to be a wealth of knowledge for his classmates. In fact, "Ask Glen" became the motto of his design studio.

Glen's professor Anthony Costello, Irving distinguished professor emeritus of architecture, says that he was the type of student that kept him teaching for more than 20 years, and that Glen's desire to learn and drive for excellence were trademarks of his personality.

Remembering Her Son

Although Glen left his first year with the university excited and prepared for the future, a summer construction accident tragically resulted in his death.

Wanting to do something special in his memory, his mother considered her options. She was encouraged by the College of Architecture and Planning, as well as Costello, to create a scholarship to memorialize her son.

Peggy not only established the Glen Sabados Memorial Scholarship, but she continued to raise money to support it throughout the years. She hosted fundraising dinners, river cruises, and candlelight bowling tournaments-all with Glen's memory in mind. These events were attended by Glen's friends and family in the Chicago area as well as Ball State faculty and students and scholarship recipients.

For Students, By Students

Glen's scholarship calls for nominations of students by students, although the final selection is made by faculty. Criteria are three outstanding qualities that Glen demonstrated throughout his time at Ball State: sincere concern for fellow students, a strong commitment to both studio and lecture work, and a personal philosophy of striving for excellence in academics.

"When students are nominated by their peers, you really get an idea of the nominees' character," Peggy explains. "The student's overall dedication and willingness to help classmates stands out more than a grade point average."

It is in this way that the scholarship recipient's character truly emulates that of Glen's-caring, concerned, and dedicated. Classmates must write an essay in order to nominate a peer. Initially, only one scholarship was awarded per year, but it has since grown to three annually.

Not only has the scholarship given architecture students financial support and recognition, but it has enabled Peggy to follow through on her son's goals. "I've been able to see his wishes and dreams come true and be fulfilled by others," she says.

Today, Peggy remains an active supporter of the College of Architecture and Planning. She travels to Muncie, Indiana, each year to meet recipients and continue her wonderful relationship with faculty, professors, and staff. Additionally, she is dedicated to supporting students who receive the scholarship. Many recipients are still in touch with her, discussing their travels, sharing the joy of new babies, and speaking of the progression of their careers as they find success.

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