AASA Awards Scholarships to Top Graduate Students



James Minichello
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Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 15, 2014 – Outstanding graduate students in educational administration have been selected by AASA, School Superintendents Association, to receive scholarships during AASA National Conference on Education in Nashville, Tenn.


Five recipients today each received a $2,500 check at an awards ceremony. Each recipient also received complimentary registration to AASA's conference. Each scholarship is named in honor of a former AASA executive director.

The 2014 scholarship recipients are:

Finis E. Engleman Award
Oryla Marie Wiedoeft
School Site Administrator
Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, Calif.
Currently enrolled at: University of South California, Los Angeles, Calif.

Forrest E. Connor Award
Karen Denise Cheser
Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent
Boone County School, Florence, Ky.
Currently enrolled at: Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Ky.

Paul B. Salmon Award
R. Benjamin Talbert
Middle School Principal
Auburn School District, Auburn, Wash.
Currently enrolled at: Seattle University, Seattle, Wash.

Richard D. Miller Award
Thomas Brian Brickel
Department Chair—Special Education
Academy District 20, Air Academy High School, Air Force Academy, Colo.
Currently enrolled at: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Paul D. Houston Award
Kelly Tremaine Williams
Vice Principal
Newark Public Schools, Newark, N.J.
Currently enrolled at: Kean University, Union, N.J.


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