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Ivascyn Family endows a scholarship for local students at Nichols College

DUDLEY, Mass. – The family of Daniel W. Ivascyn, former superintendent of Oxford Public Schools, has created a new scholarship at Nichols College. The Ivascyn Family Endowed Scholarship will aid students who reside in southern Worcester County and plan to graduate from Nichols. 

A resident of Charlton, Mass., Ivascyn has strong ties to the region’s educational and business communities. He began his tenure with the Oxford school system as business manager in 1969, after earning his bachelor’s degree at Nichols. He became a certified teacher and administrator and was promoted to assistant superintendent for business affairs and served as superintendent from 1996 until his retirement in 2003.  Along the way, he earned an MBA from Clark University and an EdD from UMass Amherst. 

Ivascyn was a founding member of the French River Education Center, a regional private nonprofit organization providing educational services to school districts throughout Worcester County. He served on the board for several years.
He was associate professor of education and chair of the Educator Preparation Program at Nichols from 2004 to 2007. He is also a recipient of the college’s Alumni Achievement Award.

While attending evening classes as an undergraduate at Nichols in the 1960s, Ivascyn worked as a teller for Webster Five, beginning a 46-year affiliation with the bank. He became a corporator in 1980, was elected to the board in 1984 and served as its chair for 14 years, retiring in 2020.

“Through this scholarship, Dan and his family are creating opportunities for local students to discover their leadership potential with a Nichols education and securing a legacy that recognizes service and commitment to the community,” said Glenn M. Sulmasy, JD, LL.M, president of Nichols College. “We are grateful for their generosity and the example they are setting for future leaders.”

About Nichols College
Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom, and through impactful research and professional education. Students thrive in a learning and living environment that is supported by an experiential business curriculum and a strong liberal arts foundation aimed at transforming them into tomorrow’s leaders. Nichols offers master’s degrees in business, leadership, accounting, and counterterrorism, as well as a range of certificate programs, to promote career advancement for today’s professionals.

Media Contacts:
Susan Veshi
AVP, Advancement and College Communications

Jillian Riches
Asst. Director, Public Engagement