Two local Indiana University of Pennsylvania students have been awarded a scholarship that honors a former IUP mathematics professor and co-founder of the IUP computer science department.
Connor Tyger, of Indiana, and Brydon DeWitt, of Saltsburg, are the recipients of the James H. Maple Scholarship for Computer Science at IUP.
The scholarship was established in 2011 by James E. Maple, of Purcellville, Va., son of James H. Maple and a 1986 graduate of IUP, and other family members and friends. It funds two scholarships: one for a junior or senior computer science major at IUP in good academic standing and one for an incoming freshman majoring in computer science at IUP who is a graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School or an Indiana County resident.
Tyger, son of Jim and Roxann Tyger, is a computer science major participating in a dual enrollment program through IUP.
DeWitt, son of Evan and Susan DeWitt, is a 2005 graduate of Saltsburg High School and an applied computer science major at IUP. He is also a member of JAPASO, the Japanese Student Association.
Maple, who died in 2008, began work at IUP (then Indiana State College) in 1964. He was a faculty member in the IUP mathematics department until 1971, when he co-founded the computer science department. He taught in that department until his retirement from IUP in 1994.
Before working at IUP, Maple was a mathematics teacher in Ohio and Connecticut. He was a 1951 graduate of California Community High School and attended Purdue University from 1951 to 1954, when he was drafted by the Army. He served in the military in1954 and 1955.
Maple received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from California State Teachers College and his master’s degree in mathematics from Bowling Green University in Ohio. He continued his education at Penn State University, Kent State University in Ohio and the University of Pittsburgh, where he took graduate courses in computer science and did other graduate work.
He was a member of Ingjald Lodge 65 Scandinavian Fraternal Organization, American Veterans and Lakewood Rod and Gun Club in New York. During his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking and bird watching and was a volunteer at the Chautauqua County Humane Society in New York.