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Impact of Your Gift

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." -Henry B. Adams

The School of Education is grateful to those who give to endowed scholarship funds and to the Fund for Excellence making these stories possible. Gifts from generous and committed donors have enabled the School of Education to achieve many of its goals.  Hear the voices of a few of our scholarship recipients.  They and all who work, teach and study at the School of Education say Thank You!


Diana Hernández, the 2014 Terwilliger Fellow

Diana Hernández, the 2014 Terwilliger fellow said, “I love the community of scholars at W&M’s School of Education. They are consummate professionals who are committed to our learning.”

Ingrid Sannes to discuss mental health services in her home country of Norway

Ingrid Sannes, second-year Marriage and Family Counseling student and New Horizons Family Counseling Center intern, was invited to participate in the international student panel at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association (ACA). She will discuss counseling as it relates to her home country, Norway.

Leslie Bohon, the 2014 Galfo Fellow

Leslie Bohon was the 2014 recipient of the Armand J. and Mary Faust Galfo Education Research Fellowship. A doctoral candidate, Leslie plans to continue her career in international higher education through cross-cultural research, ESL efforts, and development.

Edith Gonzalez awarded fellowship

Edith Gonzalez, a second-year Marriage and Family Counseling master’s student at William and Mary, was recently awarded a fellowship through the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program.

Ramya Avadhanam named for Wherry Scholarship

Ramya Avadhanam is the 2014 recipient of the John H. and Ardyss S. Wherry Scholarship, which was established in 1999 to support an academically distinguished School of Education graduate student in the guidance and counseling program.

Jessica Lloyd-Hazlett M.Ed.'11, Ph.D. '14

Always a standout student, it wasn’t until she attended William & Mary that Jessica received financial support made possible by private donations. Most recently, she received the John H. and Ardyss S. Wherry Scholarship and the Barton Malow Fellowship. Jessica’s fellowship allowed her to buy what many students take for granted: Her first laptop.

Sarah Lilly '13, M.Ed. '14

Sarah Lilly, the 2013 recipient of the Frederick L. Hill Mathematics Teaching Scholarship, is a Master's student. She said, "The ability to take classes this year will make a huge impact on not only me, but also on my future students."

Lindsey Taylor '06, M.Ed. '14

Lindsey Taylor was the 2013 recipient of the Peter D. Pruden Jr. and Phyllis S. Pruden Scholarship. Lindsey is pursuing a master's degree in Elementary Education, hoping to graduate in May 2014.

Jamison Miller

Jamison Miller is the 2013 recipient of the Barton Malow Fellowship. That award was what persuaded him in his final decision to attend the School of Education at the College of William and Mary. He began his Ph.D. program in fall 2013, with research interests in community colleges, critical university studies, and digital cultures.

Lori Andersen, Ph.D. '13

After serving as a United States Naval Officer and as a high school physics teacher, Lori Andersen and her husband moved to Kansas State University where she has a position as assistant professor of science education.

Joshua Lovell M.Ed. '08

In 2007 Joshua Lovell received the John B. & Frances H. Harmon Family Scholarship for Men. Josh is a 2004 graduate with a B.A. in Religion. He returned to his alma mater to pursue a master's degree in Counseling. He now serves as a School Counselor in the Augusta County Public Schools at Fort Defiance High School.

Johanna Hribal '13

Hispanic Studies and Secondary Education major Johanna Hribal '13 is one of two William and Mary students to be awarded one of the most competitive national scholarships, the Gilman Scholarship.

Anthony Washington

Anthony Washington's background in music and music education has fueled his commitment to talent development and gifted education. As a doctoral student in the EPPL program, and a graduate assistant in the Center for Gifted Education, Anthony is fully engaged. Recognized as a leader among his peers, he is past president of the Graduate Education Association.

Meagan Taylor '11, M.Ed. '12

Selected for academic distinction and good character, Meagan Taylor was the 2011 recipient of the Peter and Phyllis Pruden Scholarship Award. Now she has won first place in the BrainTrack Scholarship Essay Contest.

Nathan Hipple '09

Together, scholarships established by Peter D. Pruden, Jr. & Phyllis S. Pruden have helped fund the dreams of 16 students who were preparing to become elementary educators. This year's scholarship recipient was Nathan Hipple.

Heather Beaver, M.Ed. '11

Heather Beaver is the 2011 recipient of the Hornsby Family Scholarship. Heather hopes to become an effective teacher working closely with students and their families in a positive and supportive way so that instruction takes place inside and outside the classroom.

Xianxuan Xu, Ph.D. '11

Dr. Xianxuan Xu graduated with her doctorate in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership program with a focus on General Education Administration. She said, "This is an incredible place to learn and I hope to uphold the SOE’s standards of professionalism, excellence, and passion for education in my future career."

Courtney M. Holmes, Ph.D. '11

Courtney Holmes, the 2011 recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence and the 2009 recipient of the Dean Bettker Memorial Endowment, came to William & Mary seeking a cohort model program with core classes taken in sequence.

Katie Adams '08, M.A.Ed. '09

A passion for helping children who struggle with deep emotional problems has led to a career in the classroom for Katie Adams '08, M.A.Ed. '09. Katie knows that among these troubled children can be future inventors, artists, mathematicians, doctors, or even teachers who make the world a better place.

Sarah Wright, M.Ed. '11

The Patriot Heritage Scholarship Fund for Social Studies Education recognizes students demonstrating an interest in teaching Social Studies. Sarah Wright, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Virginia Tech, received this award in 2010.

Jeremy Martin
Jeremy P. Martin, Ph.D. '12

In April Jeremy P. Martin was awarded the Professor John Thelin Higher Research Education Scholarship. This award was designed to honor Dr. Thelin and be used by graduate students pursuing higher education research at the School of Education at the College of William and Mary.

Alex Cannon
Alex Cannon '10

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Alex fell in love with the College of William and Mary after an extensive college search. He was awarded the Frances H. and Robert O. Nelson Memorial Scholarship in recognition of his professional competence, commitment to education, and love of teaching and learning.

Rachel Granata
Rachel Granata '10, M.Ed. '14

Growing up in the shadow of the College of William and Mary in Chesapeake, Virginia, Rachel Granata always dreamed of one day attending the College. In April, 2013 Rachel was awarded the Donald S. and MaryAnne Bruno Elementary Education Scholarship.

Deborah Ellis
Deborah Ellis, M.Ed. '04, M.Ed. '10

The Christopher Wren Association Scholarship honors a student who exhibits through their personal career choice the value of lifelong learning. The 2009 award recipient was Special Education teacher, M.A. Ed. student at the School of Education, Deborah Ellis.

Stephanie Burton
Stephanie Burton '10

In April Stephanie was honored with the Peter D. and Phyllis S. Pruden Endowed Scholarship to support academically distinguished students in the School of Education, concentrating in elementary education who shows academic distinction and good character.

Paul Garrity
Paul Garrity '09

As a first year teacher at Ginter Park Elementary in Richmond, Paul Garrity was awarded the James E. and Barbara B. Ukrop Richmond City Public School Teacher Scholarship.

Eric Brinker
Eric Brinker, M.Ed. '09

Eric Brinker is a recipient of the James E. and Barbara B. Ukrop Richmond City Public School Teacher Scholarship, an award which encourages first year teachers from William and Mary to serve at least one year in the Richmond City Schools.

Eric Brinker
Eric Brinker, M.Ed. '09

In 1888, the Virginia General Assembly passed An Act to Establish a Normal School at William and Mary College in Connection with its Collegiate Course. The act appropriated $10,000 for white males to receive teacher training. The two-year program led to a licentiate of instruction. Hugh Stockdell Bird was named the first professor of pedagogics.