The initial recipient of the $1,500 P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship is Fallon Crossman of Rowley, Massachusetts. Fallon easily fulfills the three major criteria for the scholarship.
Fallon has increased her understanding of her learning disability as a result of writing about it. Her academic struggles were first identified at the end of second grade; primarily they involved a reading disability and a broader language based learning disability. She has made significant progress over the years and has worked to become as independent as possible when addressing her academic needs.
Among her techniques are the use of graphic organizers, templates, and prewriting skills. She has discovered that bullet style note taking works best for her. Frequent review and repetition of material helps her remember information. One of her biggest strengths is her organizational skill, which allows her to make effective use of her time.
Some of Fallon’s earliest and happiest memories are of coloring with markers and crayons. An eighth grade memory is of carving stamps from rubber squares, especially a series of watermelon stamps. Today she uses a variety of mediums when doing artwork: watercolor, acrylics, charcoal, chalk pastels. She also enjoys doing craft projects, such as making jewelry. The portfolio she submitted included a photo of a ring made of silver and semiprecious stone, a watercolor landscape, a fruit still life done in pastels, and a self portrait done in ink.
Fallon will use her artistic talent to study interior design at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. She said, “Designing interior spaces offers me the opportunity to express my inner feelings and thoughts on how a room or area should best be presented.” In addition to having a well-respected Interior Design program, Mount Ida also has programs that offer academic support at different levels. She has been accepted to The Learning Circle, which focuses on helping her use her skills and strategies effectively.
Fallon’s father died when she was six years old. She has two sisters and a brother, all of whom will attend high school this fall. The family’s primary income has been Society Security Survivor Benefits, but Fallon’s ceased in June when she graduated from Triton Regional High School in the neighboring town of Byfield. Her mother recently completed her education in Landscape Design and started working part-time at a nursery and garden center. Fallon has earned money doing baby sitting and serving ice cream. Although she has received several scholarships or grants, she still needs over $10,000 per year to fund her education.
Pat Moss is honored to have this scholarship named for her and extends her congratulations and best wishes for the future to Fallon Crossman.
Series of Abstract Bones; Oil pastel and ink water color, (3) 9 in. x 9 in., September 2006
Landscape-Mountains: Watercolor, 3 1/4 x� 2 1/4 in., June 2006
Ring: Silver and semi-precious stone, September 2006
Pelvis: Charcoal, background collage paper, 11 1/4 x 15 in., October 2006
Fruit: Pastel, 9 4/4 x 6 3/4 in., April 2006
Self Portrait: Ink applied with palm, fingertip and eraser head, 17 x 11 1/2 in., September 2006