Scholarships & Recipients

Academic Year 2020-2021

John F. and Marjorie J. Alexander Scholarship

Established by John and Marjorie Alexander; available for first-generation college students seeking a degree in the College of Education based on financial need.

  • Huibin Zhang

College of Education Alumni Endowment

Established by the College of Education Alumni Council; given to full time graduate students in the College of Education who exemplify teaching and leadership qualities.

  • Danielle Leuschen de Pico
  • Cheolwoo Park
  • Piper Woodworth

Barbara and Richard Anderson Scholarship

Established by Barbara and Richard Anderson; available to students entering the College of Education, with a preference given to Lake City Community College graduates.

  • Nikaila Morrison

Kent Batchelder School Counselor Scholarship

Established by Angelique Xenick and Dayna DeConza in memory of Kent Batchelder; for graduate students in school counseling who demonstrate financial need; preference given to students from VT, MA, CT, and Tarpon Springs, FL. Preference also given to students planning to intern or work as a middle school counselors.

  • Rebecca Roberts

Robert S. and Mildred M. Baynard Fellowship

Established by The Robert S. and Mildred M. Baynard Charitable Trust to support students pursuing an advanced degree in literacy and reading at the College of Education.

  • Ashley Layman
  • Valerie Gresser
  • Samantha McLennan
  • Lacie San Antonio

Dr. Frank C. and Juliette D. Bolser Memorial Fellowship

Established by William Bolser and Beverly Brown; for students who are pursuing a graduate degree in math education with intent to teach in the public school system.

  • Taylor Bainter

Glenda Ward Caro Fellowship in Education

Established by Dr. Joseph C. Beckham; for graduate students in the College of Education.

  • Conor Mitchel

Clark Scholarship in Honor of Laura M. Clark

Established by Antoinette and Timothy Clark in honor of their daughter, Laura M. Clark, a graduate of the UF ProTeach program in the College of Education; supports graduate students in the ProTeach program.

  • Rebeca Arzola

Patricia D. Conroy Endowed Scholarship

Established by Patricia Conroy; supports graduate students in the College of Education.

  • Karina Manning

Denton L. and Vivian H. Cook Scholarship

Funded in memory of Denton and Vivian Cook; for graduate students in the College of Education.

  • TBD

Shirley M. Cowans Endowed Scholarship

Established by Shirley M. Cowans; supports undergraduate students in the College of Education; preference given to students from Oak Ridge, Evans, Jones or Pensacola high schools.

  • Emily Raburn

Jennifer L. Coxen Scholarship

Established by Stephen and Jennifer Coxen to support graduate students in the ProTeach program focusing on elementary education in the UF College of Education; preference given to first-generation college students.

  • Jennifer Ehrlich

Brian Dassler Transformational Leader Memorial Fund

Established by friends and family of Brian Dassler to support graduate students seeking opportunities to transform schools and schooling, with a preference for students with an interest in educational policy.

  • Sherry Blanset

Dennison Family Endowment at P.K. Yonge

Established by Mr. Dan Dennison to support collaboration among P.K. Yonge, the College of Education, and other partners.

  • Jon Mundorf

Houde Dyal Endowed Scholarship

Established by Debra and James Dyal to support scholarships for students in teacher preparation programs at the College with preference given to students from Hillsborough County on the basis of need and merit.

  • Kayla Dasta

Education Station & Preschool Annual Scholarship

Established by Krista Frey McIver and Kristen Birdsey Klapp to support undergraduate students studying early childhood education at the UF College of Education. Preference will be given to those with financial support and from Alachua County.

  • Paola Velez Matos

Dr. Jess Patten and Sharon Van Dame Elliott Scholarship

Established by Dr. Jess P. and Sharon V. Elliott; supports scholarships for undergraduate or fellowships for graduate students in the College of Education.

  • Lindsay Young

Encouraging Educators Scholarship

Established by Louise Roberts; supports scholarships for Early Childhood Education ProTeach graduate students; preference given to Florida residents and merit-based students.

  • Michelle McGrath
  • Samantha Rhodes

Fenton Family Scholarship

Established by James and Mary Jo Askew to support student scholarships in the UF College of Education.

  • Feifei Fan

Irving and Rose Fien Reading Fellowship

Established by Irving Fien; to support graduate fellowships in the College of Education for current reading initiatives.

  • Shelby Boehm
  • Peijuan Cao
  • Valerie Gresser
  • Rachel Kaplan

Dr. Jason Gallant and Mrs. Marlene Teitler Scholarship to Honor the Lives of Harry and Pauline Zaid

Established by Dr. Jason Gallant and Mrs. Marlene Teitler to honor Harry and Pauline Zaid; supports graduate students in the School of Psychology program.

  • Monique Cohn

Dr. Dennis P. Gallon Endowment Fellowship

Established by Dennis Gallon to support graduate students in the Higher Education Administration program at the College.

  • Lana St Hilaire

Gidel Family Foundation Education Fund

Established by Robert Gidel; supports teaching, research, technology enhancements and academic programs, including student and faculty support within the College of Education.

  • Zoë Dahl

Clara Zion Gillman Fellowship

Established by Clara and Stephen Gillman to support students pursuing a graduate degree in math education in the College of Education.

  • Huan Kuang

Gerardo M. and Marjorie A. Gonzalez Fellowship

Established by Gerardo and Marjorie Gonzalez to support graduate students who are conducting work to advance research knowledge and/or professional practice related to the role of freedom of speech, academic freedom, or student rights in academe; preference will be given to students in the Higher Ed., Student Affairs and Counselor Ed. program.

  • Emily Nanna

Kay Griffith Graduate Scholarship

Established by Kay Griffith; supports undergraduate and graduate students in the ProTeach program in the College of Education.

  • Erin McLain

Diane E. Haines Teaching Excellence Endowment

Established by Diane Haines; supports outstanding faculty in the College of Education who demonstrate excellence in teaching.

  • Chris Redding

Lincoln and Lillian Hall Fellowship in Memory of Albert G. Hall

Established by Lincoln and Lillian Hall of Orlando in honor of Albert G. Hall; awarded to graduate students in the College of Education who are interested in the education of children.

  • Steffi Baer
  • Amanda Kirrane

Dr. Clemens Lester Hallman Fellowship

Established by Mrs. Jo Anna G. Hallman, friends and family in memory of Dr. Clemens Hallman; supports fellowships to graduate students in the College of Education preparing for teaching or teacher education in bilingual education, foreign language education or ESOL education.

  • Camille Armada

Michael William Christopher Haney Annual Scholarship

Established by Mr. Michael Haney to support graduate student in the special education program. Preference will be given to students from or aspiring to work in rural communities.

  • Bay Contreras

Vernice Law Hearn Scholarship

Established by Mrs. Lucy N. Hearn of Rochelle, GA; supports students enrolled in the ProTeach program in College of Education.

  • Meredith Beyer

Dr. Charles A. Henderson Fellowship

Established by Ann M. Henderson; supports fellowship awards for practicing teachers in Florida pursuing advanced degrees in the College of Education.

  • Donald Nicolas

Gail Hendrick Endowment

Established in memory of Gail Hendrick, whose passion was teaching children with special needs; supports fellowships to students at the College of Education focusing on special education.

  • Jia Ma
  • Angela Peterson
  • Bo Ram Song

Charles A. and Alma A. Hoffman Scholarship

Established by Mrs. Alma A. Hoffman of Largo, FL; benefits graduate or undergraduate students who wish to teach mathematics.

  • TBD

Everett L. Holden and Marian G. Holden Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Established by the estate of Everett L. and Marian G. Holden; for students of high scholastic standing who attend the UF College of Education from Alachua County with consideration for a graduate of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School or Gainesville High School; based on financial need.

  • Sara Germansky
  • Abigail Jones
  • D’Annette Mullen
  • Briana Weller
  • Zhen Xu

Gayle and Arthur Horne Education Scholarship

Established by Gayle and Arthur Horne; supports students in the College of Education from Alachua County with consideration for a graduate of P.K. Yonge or Gainesville High School, based on financial need.

  • Kelci Davis

Barbara Purcell James and Louis James Annual Scholarship

Established by James and Patricia Glester as a tribute to their parents; support graduate students in the UF College of Education ProTeach program specializing in Special Education

  • Meghan Lowry

Barbara Keener Dissertation Research Fund

Established by Barbara Keener to support one-time dissertation research grant/award for one or more doctoral students; who are enrolled in Ph.D. or Ed.D. tracks of the Higher Education Administration Program: whose dissertation research proposal focuses on community or state colleges, and: whose dissertation research proposal has been endorsed by his/her dissertation chair.

  • Nikkia Gumbs
  • David Stout

Karen Koegel Annual Scholarship

Established by Karen A. Koegel; awarded annually to a student who demonstrates leadership in the area of special education; recipients are expected to conduct research during their course of studies and make a difference in the lives of people who are developmentally challenged.

  • Victoria Brookes

Professor Mark Alan Koorland Scholarship

Established by Mark A. Koorland and Vivian Fueyo to support graduate students in the College majoring in Special Education.

  • Alexis Freeman

Larry and Vicki Costopoulos Kubiak Research Fellowship

Established by Dr.  & Mrs. Larry Kubiak to support the research efforts of graduate students in the College who were first in the families to attend college; with preference to graduate students in counseling.

  • Youngwoon Seon

C.M. Lancaster Scholarship

Established by C.M. Lancaster; available to undergraduates admitted to a professional teacher education program in the College of Education.

  • Farrah Duhart

Elizabeth E. Larsen Memorial Fund

Established by Geraldine Pedroni of Jacksonville Beach; available to full- time ProTeach students in early childhood or special education.

  • Marissa Calderon
  • Kristina Cartin
  • Aubree Cheek
  • Alaizhia Clark
  • Aimee Freeman
  • Caroline House
  • Regina Tamayo

Chester W. Leathers Annual Scholarship

Established by Matthew, Christopher, and Bradley Wanzenberg in honor of their step-father, Chester W. Leathers who was a lifelong educator; supports graduate students in the School of Human Development & Organizational Studies in Education who are committed to the advancement of racial and ethnic diversity in higher education or public education.

  • Tresha Robinson

Elizabeth and William F. Leonard Endowment Scholarship

Established by William F. and Elizabeth Leonard of Fort Lauderdale; for undergraduate or graduate students with preference given to those specializing in math or science education.

  • William Carlisle
  • Cathryn Hierak

William and Lucille Lindsay Education Fund

Established by William Lindsay; supports graduate students in the Student Personnel in Higher Education program, based on financial need and scholastic merit.

  • Lauren Hughes
  • Shriyansh Kothari
  • Elaine Rivera
  • Karly Taylor

Augie Lutz Counselor Education Scholarship

Established by Donna Lutz of Gainesville in memory of her brother; supports graduate students focusing on counselor education.

  • Ramon Aleman

Mallonee Early Childhood Fellowship

Established by Elizabeth Mallonee; supports graduate students at the College of Education focused on Early Childhood Education, preferably pre-K, who plan to teach, based on financial need and scholastic merit.

  • Isabella Jaen

June Dillard Prince Marks Scholarship

Established by June Prince Bowers-Marks; supports ProTeach graduate students with a preference given to those with financial need.

  • Tess Gaynor

David and Brian Marshall Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of David and Brian Marshall; awarded to a graduate student in counselor education for outstanding dedication and commitment to the counseling profession and the department community.

  • Radharani Gaasbeek

John W. Martin and Annie Mae Martin Phillips Scholarship

Established by the estate of John and Annie Mae Martin Phillips, lifelong educators in Florida’s public schools; available to full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree in education; preference given to students who attended high school in Alachua county.

  • Katie Moss
  • Samantha Roghaar
  • Rebecca Schlafke
  • Ana Smolenski
  • Jenna Tielsch
  • Samantha Wicks
  • Hannah Williams
  • Reghan Young

Dr. Vincent Mcguire Scholarship

Established by Vincent and Windy McGuire of Gainesville; to support graduate students in the English education program in the College of Education.

  • Madelyn Miller

Delia Mariah Julia Brooks Robinson Mcknight Scholarship

Established by Brooks Robinson and Wylma Robinson in memory of their mother, Delia Mariah Robinson-McKnight; supports  graduate students in the ProTeach program who are committed to the advancement of racial and ethnic diversity in the teaching profession.

  • Alaizhia Clark

Stella Meissner Scholarship

Endowed by the family and friends of Stella Meissner to honor her dedicated service to the education profession and love for the University of Florida; supports graduate students in education.

  • Lauren Weisberg

Rose Meltzer Annual Scholarship

Established by Rose Meltzer to support graduate students in the College of Education specializing in Special Education with a preference given to those who intend to teach at the secondary education level, grades 6-12.

  • Nicole Cabarga

Jessie Hamm Meyer Graduate Award

Established by Dr. Carol F. Meyer in honor of her mother; available to students in the College of Education who are returning teachers, preference given to career teachers returning for graduate studies who plan to study gifted education.

  • Stephanie Beaty

Congressman and Mrs. John L. Mica Education Endowed Scholarship

Supports undergraduate students with financial need.

  • Courtney Crenshaw

Jamee and Gilbert Miller Fellowship

Established by Jamee and Gilbert Miller; supports fellowships to graduate students in the ProTeach program, with a preference given to students with an interest in educational technology.

  • Madison Stopka

Misty and Michael Minton Endowed Special Education Graduate Scholarship in Honor of Camille Greene

Established by Misty and Michael Minton in honor of devoted special education educator, Camille Greene; supports graduate students in the ProTeach program.

  • Madison Stopka

Norman F. Nelson Fellowship

Established by Norm and Maggie Nelson; provides need- based fellowships to students in the College of Education.

  • Brittany LaBelle

Norman and Maggie Nelson Scholarship for Counselor Education

Established by Norm and Maggie Nelson; supports graduate students studying counselor education at the UF College of Education.

  • Robert Ocampo

James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships

Established by author James Patterson and his wife Susan Patterson; available to first-year undergraduate or graduate students who are education majors interested in pursuing careers as elementary or secondary school teachers, preferably in the English language arts.

  • Clara Bai-Lee
  • Egert Hailey
  • Brooke Herman
  • Caroline Herrero
  • Emily Hoenigmann
  • Ashley Julien
  • Kaitlynn Weidner
  • Kristina Denarski
  • Martinez Daniella
  • Rashaid Blocker
  • Rose Goldwitz
  • Tayla Brennon

William T. Phelps Scholarship

Established by the estate of William T. Phelps; available to ProTeach students who plan to teach elementary school.

  • Hannah Boardman
  • Hayley Buckman
  • Ashley Butler
  • Bay Contreras
  • Kaylin Garrett
  • Kayla Guerra
  • Dominique Miller
  • Isabelle Romero

A. Leon and Paula F. Polhill Family Endowed Scholarship

Established by Leon and Paula Polhill to support need-based scholarships for first-generation students in the College of Education.

  • Lissette Tolentino

Polston Family Annual Scholarship

Established by Janice Polston to support need-based scholarships for graduate students in the ProTeach program. Preference will be given to students from Highlands County.

  • Erin Rasnick

J. Ed And Betty B. Price Scholarship

Established by Betty B. Price; awarded to graduate students in counselor education who plan to work in college-level student affairs.

  • Lauren Fisher

Robert B. Primack Memorial Foundations of Education Endowment

Established by Alice L. Primack in honor of her late husband, Dr. Robert Primack, a long-time faculty member in the College of Education; supports graduate students and faculty aligned with the Social Foundations of Education program.

  • Priscilla Bell
  • Carolyn Silva

Dr. Sherri K. Prosser Graduate Fellowship

Established by Dr. Sherri K. Prosser; to support graduate students in the Higher-Ed Ed D program in the UF College of Education, with preference given to first-generation students with need.

  • Kristopher Plunkett

Harold and Bette Riker Scholarship

Established by Mrs. Elizabeth C. Riker of Gainesville; available to graduate students focusing on counselor education.

  • Jennifer Perez

Della Rosenberg Pro Teach Scholarship Fund

Established by the Rosenberg Family Foundation in memory of Della Rosenberg to support scholarships for 5th year graduate students in the College’s Pro Teach program. Preference will be given to students who graduated from a high school in the following counties, in order of priority: Bradford, Duval, Clay, and St. Johns.

  • Meagan Gigliotti
  • Alexa Rodgers
  • Kimberly Svatos
  • Emma Weiskopf

Rosser Educator Excellence Award

Established by Mark and Sally Rosser to recognize outstanding faculty based on their excellence in the areas of teaching, service, and/or research.

  • Linda J. Searby

Lauren C. Sampson Endowed Scholarship in School Psychology

Established by James and Sandra Sampson in memory of their daughter, Lauren, who set an example for navigating the challenges school psychologists face in improving educational services offered to students and parents; supports graduate students enrolled in Educational Specialist degree programs who plan to become school psychologists in Pre-K through 12 education, with preference given to those with financial need.

  • Ayanna Troutman

Carol Sofarelli Schraml Endowed Scholarship

Established by the John Sofarelli Family as a tribute to his sister, Carol, for her selfless dedication to others through community service; supports students seeking a degree in early childhood or elementary education; preference is given to students who demonstrate significant community service, alternative employment, and originate from Pinellas or Hillsborough counties, or from Florida.

  • Kelly Leitner

G. Ballard Simmons Memorial Scholarship

Family and friends of G. Ballard Simmons established this memorial scholarship so that his legacy of enthusiastic and effective leadership in education would live on; created to encourage students to continue preparation for teaching after receiving a baccalaureate degree in education.

  • Alison Schackow

Dr. Walter L. Smith Scholarship

Established in honor of Dr. Walter L. Smith; supports graduate level minority students for positions in educational leadership, community college, and university administration.

  • Rafael Gonzalez

Michael John Solich Proteach Scholarship Endowment

Established by family and friends in the memory of Michael John Solich; supports secondary ProTeach social studies students.

  • Stephen Butler

Robert O. Stripling Scholarship

Established by Dorothy A. Stripling of Gainesville in memory of Dr. Robert O. Stripling, former faculty member of the College of Education; for counselor education doctoral students pursuing a career as a counselor educator in higher education.

  • Taylor Sweet

Travhaus Memorial Scholarship

Established by Mrs. Mary Hausler in honor or her and her husband to support graduate students in the Higher-Ed Ed D program in the UF College of Education, with preference given to first-generation students with need.

  • Vianette Pena

Drs. Beverly Tucker and Glenn Tucker Endowed Education Scholarship

Established by family of Drs. Tucker to support students seeking a graduate degree studying elementary special education.

  • Mary Putko

Ralph D. Turlington Scholarship and Fellowship

Established by Ralph D. Turlington Sr., of Durham, NC, and R. Donald Turlington, Jr. of Summit, NJ; provides scholarships for students in the College of Education.

  • Ashley Hughes
  • Kassandra Perez
  • Areliz Portalatin
  • James Rujimora

Amber Vivian Turner Scholarship Fund

Supports scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students in the College of Education.

  • Madeline McClinton

Dr. Larry W. Tyree Endowed Scholarship

Established by Dr. Tyree to support a student pursuing a master’s degree in counselor education in the College of Education.

  • Anqi Yu

Dr. Anne Davis Vicino Endowed Scholarship

Established by Dr. Anne Davies Vicino and Frank Vicino to support a doctoral student pursuing a degree in counseling with a research focus on children with developmental, attachment, sensory, and/or trauma issues. Research related to adoptive families, including adopting internationally.

  • Jasmaine Ataga

Marjorie Schear Waggoner Fellowship

Established by Dr. James Waggoner in honor of his wife Marjorie Schear Waggoner; supports graduate students enrolled in a full-time master’s program in elementary education who are Florida residents and graduates of a Florida high school.

  • Madison Pender

Dr. Hannelore Wass Endowed Scholarship

Established by Dr. Hannelore Wass and Dr. Harry H. Sisler; for graduate students in the College of Education.

  • Zachary McNiece

James L. Wattenbarger Endowed Fellowship

Established in honor of Dr. James L. Wattenbarger, known as the architect of Florida’s community college system; supports doctoral students in pursuit of an Ed.D. or Ph.D. in higher education.

  • Eileen Brzozowski

Evelyn L. Wenzel Memorial Scholarship Fund

Supports students pursuing degrees in the College of Education; based on academic performance.

  • Valentina Contesse
  • Megan Malloy
  • Lauren Mizelle
  • Tara Palmer

Stephanie Kornprobst Wester Endowed Fellowship

Established by Stephanie K. Wester; supports graduate students within the College of Education with preference to students working in collaboration with P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School.

  • Blake Beckett
  • Macy Geiger

Wanda and Janice Wilson Foundation Scholarship

Established by Mr. Rufus Wilson, president of Wanda and Janice Wilson Foundation, supports students in the College of Education.

  • Victoria Evans