Thank you for joining us for the College of Education & Human Development’s 2020 Virtual Scholar’s Celebration! We are excited to celebrate our scholarship recipients for their outstanding achievements and are so grateful to our donors for their contributions and gifts.
Although we are unable to celebrate in person, we offer this opportunity to view the awards in a video presentation. You can also view awards listed per area and department as well as view donor comments and download the program booklet as you scroll down this page.
Please return on October 13 at 10 a.m. to view our virtual celebration.
Asa G. Hilliard, III Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III was a world-renowned Pan-Africanist educator, historian and psychologist whose work impacted people around the globe. This scholarship is given in recognition of leadership, engagement in urban education settings that has improved − and demonstrates promise to continue improving − the educational context and/or student development and learning in these settings.
Sarah Mia Obiwo
College of Education & Human Development Dean’s Scholarship Fund
Given to a student in the college who has completed at least 30 hours of coursework, is in good academic standing, and shows a pattern of department or program involvement or scholarship.
College of Education & Human Development Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes individuals with outstanding accomplishments in the College of Education & Human Development. Undergraduate and graduate students who receive this scholarship are presently enrolled in the college, have completed at least 30 hours of coursework in the CEHD, are in good standing and show a pattern of department/program involvement or scholarship.
Dean’s Excellence Award in Early Childhood Special Education in Memory of Ann Dixon Demonet
Mrs. Ann Dixon Demonet attended Georgia State University and received a master’s degree in special education. After graduating, she taught special education in Georgia and Michigan, where she was known by all as an exceptional educator. While living in Georgia, she was recognized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an outstanding educator in the Atlanta area. This award was established by Mr. Seth Leibler and Ms. Ann Parkman and is given to a student pursuing a graduate degree in special education with a concentration in early childhood special education.
Felicia and Rodney Mayfield Scholarship
Dr. Felicia Mayfield is a proud ‘triple Panther,’ having earned three degrees from Georgia State University. Dr. Mayfield has spent her life sharing her time and talents as a teacher, educator, administrator and motivator, and she credits her Georgia State education as part of her success. This award, established by Dr. Mayfield and her husband, Mr. Rodney Mayfield, recognizes a deserving undergraduate student in the College of Education & Human Development.
Hayden-Waltz Doctoral Dissertation Award
The Hayden-Waltz award was established by Drs. Melvin and Lucy Hayden in honor of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hayden, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Millard Waltz. This award is presented to a doctoral student whose proposed dissertation exhibits originality, clarity and effectiveness in the presentation of ideas, quality writing and contributes to the future scholarly productivity of their field.
Kay Chester Scholarship for Teachers in Training
Established by Mrs. Kay Chester, this scholarship supports a woman pursuing a degree in teacher preparation who has the challenge of raising a family while furthering her education.
JoAnna F. White Play Therapy Scholarship
Dr. JoAnna F. White, former department chair of the college’s Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, began the play therapy training program during her tenure. This scholarship is presented to a graduate student in good standing in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services who is dedicated to the study and clinical practice of play therapy.
Karen Lopp Memorial Scholarship
Mrs. Karen Lopp received her master’s degree in school psychology from the College of Education & Human Development in 2002. This scholarship is awarded to a student in recognition of their commitment to multicultural issues and social injustice through advocacy and service.
Kenneth and Mary Matheny Professional in Counseling and Psychology Scholarship
Dr. Kenneth Matheny was a faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services for 45 years, held the Regents’ Professor rank and taught more than 5,000 students over the course of his career. Dr. Matheny is a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology and has been awarded Fellow status with the Academy of Counseling Psychology, the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology and the Georgia Psychological Association. This award, established by Dr. Matheny and his wife, Mrs. Mary Matheny, is given to full-time doctoral students in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services.
David Jemel Holloman Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Darryl Holloman, a three-time Georgia State University alumnus and former dean of students at the university, established this scholarship in memory of his younger brother, David Jemel Holloman. This memorial scholarship is awarded to an exceptional undergraduate student in the CEHD majoring in early childhood and elementary education.
Lorene C. Pilcher Scholarship Fund
Dr. Lorene Pilcher was a professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education who was appointed the first research professor in the former College of Education by the Board of Regents, a position she maintained until she retired. Dr. Pilcher established this award to support an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in early childhood education who has a desire to become a teacher and demonstrates a passion for enhancing the lives of children.
Robert L. Blaney and Joe C. White Scholarship
This scholarship is presented to a master’s candidate in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education’s urban accelerated certification and master’s program who exhibits the potential for excellence in teaching, communicates well with others, translates theory into practice and has a sense of humor, characteristics which Dr. Blaney and Dr. White valued so highly.
Jeff and Debbie Rupp Endowed Scholarship in Exercise Science
Established by Dr. Jeff Rupp, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health from 1985-2011, and Ms. Debbie Rupp, associate director of recreational programs from 1987-2010, this award is presented to a student in the Department of Kinesiology and Health’s exercise science program. Undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher are eligible to be nominated by department faculty. Awardees are selected based on academic promise, leadership and talent. Further, these students have typically been leaders in a variety of extracurricular pursuits and won recognition for their interests at the regional, state or national level.
Margaret A. Jones Scholarship
Presented to an elementary or middle school physical education student in honor of Dr. Margaret (Peg) Jones to recognize her extraordinary achievements in preservice and continuing education of physical education teachers.
Mary Helen Huggins Memorial Scholarship in Sport Administration
Presented to active graduate students in sport administration. As the former Marketing Services Director for the Atlanta Braves and faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, Ms. Mary Helen Huggins dedicated herself to and attained a high level of integrity and personal ethics.
Roslyn Hirsch Balbirer Memorial Scholarship
Ms. Roslyn Hirsch Balbirer was a passionate consumer of the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta and a dedicated advocate of the value and benefits of sport participation for people with a disability. This award is presented to a graduate student enrolled in the Department of Kinesiology and Health who has a commitment to advancing opportunities in physical activity, sport for individuals with a disability, and who demonstrates the potential to advance the field of adapted physical activity or sport administration.
Myung Ha Sur
Dr. Cynthia Kuhlman and Dr. Wayne Sengstock Scholarship
Dr. Cynthia Kuhlman earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Georgia State University in 1974 and 1980, respectively, serves as chair of the Charles R. Drew Charter School Board of Directors and is a member of the College of Education & Human Development’s Advancement Council. Dr. Wayne Sengstock was a special education professor at Georgia State University who specialized in intellectual disabilities. In that capacity, he made presentations at dozens of national and state conventions, published numerous articles in professional publications and authored several book chapters. This award, established by Dr. Kuhlman and Dr. Sengstock, is presented to an exceptional student majoring in special education in the Department of Learning Sciences.
Glenn A. Vergason Scholarship for Special Education
This scholarship is awarded to graduate students who are pursuing an M.Ed. or Ph.D. in the Department of Learning Sciences with plans to teach or serve those students in special education who have behavioral disorders.
Joanne R. Nurss Endowed Scholarship in Life-Long Literacy
Dr. Joanne R. Nurss spent most of her career at Georgia State University educating teachers and working in programs for young children, adult literacy and English language learners. She was directly responsible for the early establishment and success of the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. This scholarship supports a graduate-level student who has a focus in life-long literacy.
Nicholas R. Castricone Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Nicholas Castricone was a professor of intellectual disabilities in the former Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders. This scholarship is given to an undergraduate or graduate student studying intellectual disabilities.
Adell Street Adams Memorial Scholarship
Ms. Vivian Street established this scholarship in memory of her sister, College of Education & Human Development alumnus and celebrated high school chemistry teacher Ms. Adell Street Adams. This scholarship supports an exceptional CEHD student pursuing a degree in science education.
Gordon Heart Ngubane
Beverly J. Armento Endowed Doctoral Award
Dr. Beverly J. Armento, a research professor of social studies education, served on the College of Education & Human Development faculty from 1975-2003. Realizing the power of the individual teacher, Dr. Armento committed her career to the preparation of exemplary teachers – ones who believe in the power of each child to be successful in their lives. This award supports doctoral students in middle and secondary education.
Bradford and Patricia Ferrer Scholarship in Middle Childhood Education
Mr. Bradford Ferrer and Mrs. Patricia Ferrer have demonstrated their commitment to the university by continuing to be an integral participant at Georgia State. Mrs. Ferrer, a former math and science teacher, understands the importance of students receiving a solid education by a well-prepared teacher. This award supports students majoring and excelling in middle-level education.
Excellence in Mathematics Teaching Award
Established by Drs. Hiram and Barbara Johnston, both of whom had long careers in the College of Education & Human Development, this award is given to an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in mathematics education who demonstrates academic excellence.
Jerry Robbins Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics
Dr. Jerry H. Robbins has devoted his professional life to the preparation of teachers. During his career at Georgia State University, he was a member of the faculty and served as dean. This award honors a student majoring and excelling in mathematics with a focus in teacher preparation.