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The Virginia Arnold Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more outstanding students who demonstrate financial need and who are enrolled in either the early or middle education teacher preparation program. It is supported by an endowment created by Arnold, a former VCU faculty member.

The William C. Bosher Jr. Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student in the Educational Leadership program. The endowed scholarship was created through contributions from friends and family of Dr. Bosher.

The Pearl Burford Scholarship was established by her former students at Richmond Professional Institute. It is awarded to students planning to become elementary teachers.

The Jack A. Duncan Scholarship is awarded annually to a student in the M.Ed. In Counselor Education program who possesses promise as an effective school counselor in the future. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be able to demonstrate personal and academic qualities predictive of success as a counselor. The scholarship honors Dr. Jack Duncan, professor emeritus of counselor education.

Patricia H. Duncan Scholarship, established by friends and colleagues of Duncan, was endowed in 2000. This scholarship, in the endowed amount of $500, is awarded to graduate students who have an interest in language arts education.

The Fleming Scholarship was established to honor Drs. Gladys and Robert Fleming, long-time professors in the School of Education, who exemplified the value of the arts and humanities in their teaching. The award is given annually to a graduate student in administration and supervision, adult education, or counselor education. The successful applicant must demonstrate a commitment to humanities education and must be registered for six or more credit hours.

The Arnold P. Fleshood Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student in the School of Education in reading/language education or a related field with an interest in reading/language arts.

The Howard G. Garner Scholarship for Developmental Disabilities and Interdisciplinary Studies was established in honor of Dr. Howard G. Garner — a former faculty member and the first director of the Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities — by friends and family of Garner. This $500 endowed award provides financial assistance for a trainee at the graduate or advanced level of education to pursue or continue interdisciplinary study in the field of developmental disabilities.

The Health and Physical Education Scholarship, endowed in the spring of 1994, is awarded to an outstanding education student majoring in a health or physical education subject area. Preference will be given to undergraduate health and physical education majors classified at sophomore, junior or senior level and have a 2.5 overall GPA. This scholarship is intended to benefit academically talented students who also have been active in university and community service.

The Jessie Hibbs Scholarship is funded by the VCU-MCV Women’s Club. This scholarship is awarded to a female graduate student with dependent child(ren) who is enrolled in a graduate program on the Monroe Park Campus. The School of Education Scholarship Committee nominates one candidate for this university-wide competition. Applicants must be Virginia residents as determined by Records and Registration and be eligible for financial assistance as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

The N. Thelma Jones Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding fifth-year student in the Master of Teaching program (secondary education). The scholarship is supported by an endowment honoring this former teacher by her brother.

The Claire McCarthy Recreation Scholarship was established in 1964. This scholarship was created to honor Claire McCarthy, one of the first graduates of the recreation curriculum. She also served in the Richmond Department of Recreation and Parks for many years. Following her death in 1964, members of the community established this scholarship fund for outstanding upper-level recreation majors. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time Recreation, Parks and Sport Leadership majors, have completed 60 or more credit hours prior to the semester of the award; have a grade point average of 2.5 in both major and overall course work; and be able to demonstrate motivation, need and suitability for a career in recreation.

The Ann Elizabeth Marston Scholarship is awarded annually to a student planning a career in elementary or secondary education and who demonstrates both leadership qualities and a need for financial assistance. The award is supported by an endowment established by Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Wilson in memory of his aunt who helped finance his education.

The S. Virginia and Berta M. Newell Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student in a teacher preparation program in either early or middle education, who demonstrates financial need. It is supported by an endowment from their brother honoring his sisters who graduated from Richmond Professional Institute.

Sponsored by the VCU Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the Phi Delta Kappa Scholarship Grant for Prospective Educators (VCU Chapter) is awarded to an excellent education student who is interested in teaching or professional education as a career. The primary criteria used to select the recipient of this $1,000 endowed award will include scholarship, recommendations, written expression, interest in teaching or professional education as a career, and school and community activities.

Richard J. Rezba Scholarship in Science Education was established in 2003 to honor Rezba on his retirement. Known nationally as a science educator, Rezba has long been considered one of the outstanding science educators in Virginia. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time science education graduate students in either the M.T. or M.Ed. Programs in curriculum and instruction.

The Seyfarth Family Scholarship was established in memory of Susanna Seyfarth by her husband, Dr. John T. Seyfarth, and by other surviving family members and close friends. Applicants must be admitted to the Educational Leadership Track of the Ph.D. in Education program, have a GPA of 3.5 or above, and be committed to a career in public education.

The Office of Student Services administers funds made available through the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia Tuition Scholarship Program. SCHEV tuition assistance monies are only available to full-time master’s and Ph.D. students who have been admitted to the school with no provisions. The SCHEV program provides funds to be used for tuition and fees. Once the award is made, the funds are transferred directly to the student’s account at VCU. In the event the student has received additional financial aid from other sources, depending on the stipulations placed on such awards and whether tuition has been paid in full, the amount of the graduate tuition assistance may have to be adjusted.

Applicants to the School of Education Alumni Board Scholarship must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the School of Education. This scholarship varies in amount and will be awarded on both potential academic contributions to the field of education and on financial need.

Applicants to the School of Education Faculty Organization Scholarship must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the School of Education, plan to enroll in a minimum of six hours per semester during the year of the award and demonstrate potential to be competent professionals in their intended field. The applicants also must demonstrate financial need.

The Schumacher Fund for Dissertation Research was established by Dr. Sally A. Schumacher, the first full-time faculty member in educational research and evaluation, in memory of her parents, Professor F.X. Schumacher and Mrs. M.M. Schumacher. It provides financial assistance to doctoral students in the School of Education who are undertaking dissertations.

The Departments of Special Education and Disability Policy and Teaching and Learning Scholarship was established by faculty for an academically talented major pursuing a teaching career working with children and youth who come from traditionally underserved populations or who demonstrates a commitment to teaching students who present special challenges. Applicants must plan to take a minimum of six credit hours each semester during the period of the award and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

The Gaynelle Whitlock Scholarship honors Dr. Gaynelle Whitlock, a former associate dean of the school. It will provide financial assistance for graduate students in the counselor education program. Preference is given to individuals preparing to become elementary school counselors in the commonwealth of Virginia.

The John Van de Walle Scholarship was established by Dr. John Van de Walle, retired mathematics education professor, during the spring of 2002. Applicants must be students enrolled in the Master of Education program in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in mathematics.

The Willie W. Whitlock Merit Scholarship was established by Mr. Willie W. Whitlock Esq. (B.S. 1950) as a merit scholarship in education to honor his sister Dr. Gaynelle Whitlock, a faculty member and former associate dean in the School of Education.

The MERC Research Fellowship Awards are designed to prepare individuals for leadership and research positions at the school, division, state and federal levels and/or teaching, research and consulting positions in higher education. MERC Fellows support the work of the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC), which is composed of VCU and regional metropolitan school divisions.


Last update: 5/24/2007

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