SOE News

Education students benefit from named scholarships and fellowships

Photo of Brandon Keith and Robert Brinlee

(L to r) Brandon Keith and Robert Brinlee will travel and study in England this summer, thanks to the M.A.T. Travel to England Scholarships funded by Professor Gerald Unks. Both students are in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, preparing to become high school teachers.


Photo of Kirsten Edwards

Kirsten Edwards has received funds from the Dean E. Smith Scholarship to help pay for her undergraduate tuition this year. She is a middle grades education major, with concentrations in science and mathematics.  


Photo of Helen Crompton

Doctoral student Helen Crompton will present a workshop, a lecture session and a poster at the National Educational Computing Conference in Denver this summer. Her travel expenses will be funded by the Carol and William Malloy Travel Fund.


Photo of Kris Zorigian

Doctoral student Kris Zorigian is working at LEARN NC to create a resource for teachers to dispel myths about special education.  This research assistantship is funded in part by the James B. and Susan H. Pittleman Fellowship. Kris also received the Marvin Wyne Scholarship to help offset the cost of his tuition.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals, families and foundations who have established named fellowships and scholarships in the School of Education, some outstanding education students are selected each year to receive financial support as they pursue their studies. We are proud to announce this year’s recipients.  

Students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels benefit from these funds. The graduate awards provide a range of opportunities, including stipends to help offset the cost of tuition, assistantships that offer financial support and valuable professional experience, funding for travel and study abroad experiences, and support for students who are conducting their dissertation research or pursuing other scholarly work. The undergraduate awards provide funding to help with the cost of tuition or help cover students’ expenses during student teaching when their schedules preclude them from holding jobs.

Often named in honor or memory of donors, teachers, professors or alumni, these awards create a legacy of learning and opportunity for the School of Education and our students. Some are merit-based; others are need-based. In addition to the financial benefits, the awards often provide inspiration to those who receive them because of the outstanding contributions made by the award’s namesake to education and to society.   

“We are extremely grateful to the generous donors who have established these awards,” said Wendy Gratz Borman, assistant dean for external relations. “The funds are absolutely crucial in helping us attract superior students to our School and to the field of education.”

Building upon the existing awards is essential in order to expand the School’s resources for students, according to the faculty and administrators. “Ideally, all students who want to come to the School of Education would have enough money to do so.  However, what we see year after year is highly qualified students who cannot come here because of money. In some cases, another institution has offered them funding packages, and we have offered nothing,” said Anne Bryan, director of student affairs.

“We miss opportunities to have a profound impact on the lives of children because our future scholars must make a choice about where they can succeed based on money,” she continued. “The success of our students is certainly the result of their hard work and desire to achieve, but some students are able to realize their distant dream of a high quality education only when we are able to provide funding opportunities.” 

“We need many more opportunities for our students, like the ones provided by the donors who have established these named awards, so that our students can focus on their degrees without incurring huge amounts of debt,” said Bryan. “This will help our future scholars make education better for children.”

You can read more about the School’s current scholarships and fellowships on our Web site. If you would like to learn more about establishing a fund or contributing to an existing one, contact Assistant Dean Wendy Gratz Borman at or (919) 843-4536.

Recipients of 2009-2010 Named Fellowships and Scholarships in the School of Education

V. Mayo and Norma Melvin Bundy Scholarship
Lauren Mcneely Dunning

Patrick and Janet Carlton Award Dissertation Research in Educational Leadership
Melanie G. Butler-Williams

Frank R. Comfort Scholarship
Kristen Marie Wendover

Dr. Robert W. Eaves Scholarship
Jennifer Helene Knox
Holly Ann Travis

Virginia Carter Gobbel Graduate Student Fund
Marguerita L. Best

Ira and Esther Gordon Fellowship
Michelle Leslie Chinn Cannon
Yannick  J. Louis-Charles

Vinnie Ireland Fellowship
Beverly Lyn Schieman

Willie Hall Kennedy Scholarship
Ladonna Marzella Kearney

Carol and William Malloy Travel Fund
Lara Margaret Willox
Helen Crompton
Kimberly Ann Markworth
Kathleen Marie Nichols
Beverly Lyn Schieman
Elizabeth Humphreys

M.A.T. Travel to England Scholarship
Robert William Brinlee
Brandon J. Keith

Alan Coningsby Moore Scholarship
Brenton Scott Winston

Nancy Blanche Norman Scholarship
Michelle Culp Hahn

One-year Merit Assistantships
Dede Awula Addy
Adam Lloyd Holland
Sandra Monica Martinez-Zuniga
Jeremy Keola Young

Carol Mathews Peeler Student Teacher Scholarships
Lauren Valerie Boening

W.D. Perry Outstanding Student Award in School Counseling
Amy Elizabeth Farris

James B. and Susan H. Pittleman Fellowship
Kris Andrew Zorigian

Carole and Sam Roebuck
Leah Shea Bunn

William Self Graduate Fellowship
Shirley Mote Stipe-Zendle

Dean E. Smith Scholarship
Daniel John Clemens
Kirsten Diane Edwards

Charles S. Templeton Fellowship
Sarah E. Bell
Wan-tsen Claire Cheng
Erik John Child
Stephanie Galloway

Marvin Wyne Scholarship
Kris Andrew Zorigian