AASA Scholarships Awarded to Seven Top Graduate Students

Contact: Kitty Porterfield, 703-774-6953, kporterfield@aasa.org

ARLINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011. Seven of the nation's outstanding graduate students in educational administration have been selected by the American Association of School Administrators to receive scholarships during AASA’s 2011 National Conference on Education in Denver.

AASA, which sponsors the yearly scholarship awards, selects recipients on the basis of their experience and excellence in school administration, personal essays about their qualifications and recommendations from university faculty.

The seven award recipients will each receive a $2,500 check at the awards ceremony on Feb. 18. Each recipient also receives complimentary registration to AASA's national conference. Each scholarship is named in honor of a former AASA executive director.

The 2011 scholarship recipients, in alphabetical order, are:

S. D. Shankland Award
Matthew James Adams is an elementary school principal, Ankeny Community School District in Ankeny, Iowa. He is  working on his doctorate in education from Drake University in Des Moines. Adams received a B.S. degree in elementary education from Iowa State University and both a master's degree and an Ed.S. degree in educational leadership from Drake University.

Worth McClure Award
Christopher Stephen Bernier is principal of School Choice Services for Orange County Public Schools in Orange County, Fla. He is completing the requirements for his doctorate at the University of Central Florida. Bernier earned his bachelor’s degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., and a master’s degree from Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Finis E. Engleman Award
Maribel Galan is an elementary principal in Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District in Norwalk, Calif.. She is completing her doctoral requirements at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. She has earned her bachelor’s degree in law and society from the University of California Santa Barbara and her master’s in education administration from California State University-Dominguez Hills.

Forrest E. Connor Award
Fawzia A. Keval is an elementary principal in Elk Grove Unified School District in Elk Grove, Calif. She is working on her doctorate at California State University, Sacramento. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and her master’s degree in school administration from California State University, Sacramento.

Paul B. Salmon Award
Amy Marie Kortemeyer is an elementary director of teaching and learning, Linn-Mar Community School District in Marion, Iowa. She is enrolled in the University of Northern Iowa’s Superintendent’s Licensure Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and her master’s degree from University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Richard D. Miller Award
Kathleen A. Rieke is coordinator of mathematics, science and Title I in the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township in Indianapolis She is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction at Indiana University. Rieke holds a master’s degree from Butler University and bachelor’s degrees from Illinois State University.

Paul D. Houston Award
Bruce Ralph Willingham Jr. is assistant superintendent of personnel for Maple Heights City Schools in Maple Heights, Ohio. He is a doctoral candidate at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. Willingham graduated from Cleveland State University and received a master’s degree in educational administration from John Carroll University.

 About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders across the United States. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org. Follow AASA on twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage.

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