Educational Administration Scholarships

AASA’s Educational Administration Scholarships were created in 1949 to provide incentive, honor and financial assistance to outstanding graduate students in school administration who intend to make the school superintendency a career.Seven top graduate students in educational administration receive a scholarship from AASA, the School Superintendents Association. The scholarships are given in honor of AASA’s former executive directors—Worth McClure, Finis E. Engleman, Forrest E. Connor, Paul B. Salmon, Richard D. Miller and Paul D. Houston.


The applicant must be recommended by the chair of the School of Education in which the applicant is currently enrolled. Only one application may be submitted from each college or university campus.  All nominations shall have been received at AASA Headquarters no later than September 30th.  All late entries shall be rejected and written notification of that action shall be sent to the nominator.  If you have any questions, contact Gabriela Iturri or call 703-875-0731.  

Application Form & FAQ

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Past Scholarship Recipients

The 2021 scholarship recipients are:

  • James Ray Howington JR., Senatobia Municipal School District;
  • Stabler Ross Janeiro, Jackson-Madison County School System;
  • Keith Randall Turner, North Chicago Unit School District 187;
  • Deborah Simone Van Roy, Ricardo Flores Magon Academy;
  • Jacob Evan Wilson, Cleveland County Schools

The 2020 scholarship recipients are:

  • Stephanie Andler, Selah School District;
  • Jessica N. Betz, Father Marquette Catholic Academy;
  • Deborah L. Elder, Albuquerque Public Schools;
  • Michael Gaines II, Franklin Township Community School Corporation;
  • Clara Jessica Garay, Esperanza Elementary School;
  • Julie H. Lam, Oswego East High School; and
  • Maisha G. Rounds, Boston Public Schools.

 The 2019 scholarship recipients are:

  • Terry Dade, Fairfax County Public Schools; 
  • Mit Lee Foley, Saginaw Public School District; and
  • Oscar Romano, YES Prep Public Schools.

The 2018 scholarship recipients are:

  • Julia Carlson, Fall River Public Schools;
  • Richard Cruz, Houston Independent School District;
  • Scott Hurwitz, Glastonbury Public Schools;
  • Cory Irwin, Bloomington High School North;
  • John Newport, Vigo County School Corporation;
  • Devon Roberts, Jefferson County Public Schools; and
  • Cade Smith, Georgetown Independent School District.

The 2017 scholarship recipients are:

  • Adam Bayne Central Michigan University in Michigan;
  • Andrea Dixon Seahorn William Woods University–Fulton in Missouri;
  • Kyle Cassady Western Kentucky University in Kentucky;
  • Mykia Olive Howard University in Washington, D.C.;
  • Jodie Peters George Mason University in Virginia;
  • Bethany Cumper Rocky Mountain College in Montana; and
  • Jason Arledge, University of Mississippi.

The 2016 scholarship recipients are:
Vincent Brancato, Arizona State University, AZ
Shon Hocker, Idaho State University, ID
Helen Joung, University of Washington, WA
Robert King, Western Kentucky University, KY
Walter Lundy, Howard University, DC
Kimberly MacKinney, University of Southern California, CA
Robert Steckel, Lehigh University, PA

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The 2015 scholarship recipients are:
Michael K. Bunch, Principal, Gustine Middle School, Gustine, CA
Eugene Figueroa, Dean of Students, New York City Dept. of Education, Bronx, NY
Benjamin J. Ploeger, Principal, Eagle Ridge Academy High School, Brighton, CO 

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 2014 scholarship recipients are:

Oryla Marie Wiedoeft, School Site Administrator, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, Calif., Currently enrolled at, University of South California, Los Angeles, Calif.
Karen Denise Cheser, Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent, Boone County School, Florence, Ky., Currently enrolled at: Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Ky.
R. Benjamin Talbert, Middle School Principal, Auburn School District, Auburn, Wash., Currently enrolled at: Seattle University, Seattle, Wash.
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
Kelly Tremaine Williams, Vice Principal, Newark Public Schools, Newark, N.J., Currently enrolled at: Kean University, Union, N.J.

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The 2013 scholarship recipients are:

Doris Lynette Crawford, Director of Secondary Schools, Shelby County Public Schools, KY; Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Thomas Fry Jr., Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Granville Exempted Village Schools, OH; Ashland University, Ashland, OH
Courtney Elise Hart, Coordinator of Assessment and Accountability, Lewisville Independent School District, TX; The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
 Leigh Anne Neal, Associate Superintendent for Communications, Shawnee Mission School District, KS; Baker University, Baldwin City, KS
Frederick Dennis Rundle, Elementary Principal, Mercer Island School District, WA; Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Danette Tiffany Sokacich, Assistant Principal/Teacher, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican H.S., IL; Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

The 2012 scholarship recipients are:

Robert E. Bostic, Director of School Leadership and Instructional Technology, Denton Independent School District, Texas; University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Anne Tybor Hoover, Middle School Principal, Palmyra Area School District, PA ; Widener University, Chester, PA
Michael S.W. Knox, Principal, Celebrate the Children, School for Children with Alternative Learning Styles, Wharton, NJ; Kean University, Union, NJ
David Lee Dimmett, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Project Lead the Way, Clifton Park,NY; Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
David Grant Hornak, Elementary Principal, Holt Public Schools, MI; Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Jennifer Ruth Kubista, Director of Student Life, Tacoma Public Schools, WA; Seattle University, WA
Lisa Hackel Young, Coordinator of 21st Learning and Professional Development, Carroll Independent School District, TX; University of North Texas, Denton

The 2011 scholarship recipients are: 
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

 The 2010 Recipients recipients are:
Robert R. Bravo
Monique A. Darrisaw
Kim M. Hanks
Eric O. Haugeberg
Laura A. McDermott
Rosanna G. Mucetti
Corinne D. Pflug-Tilton

2009 scholarship recipients are:
Ricardo Z. Medina
Margaret Lowell Rice
Matthew R. Seaton
Cynthia Renee Blansfield
Brandon Heath Core
Amanda C. Alice
Peter Sundin Carpenter, II

2008 scholarship recipients are:
Patricia B. Charles
John V. Doherty
Robert J. Glass
Catherine McNamara
Kenneth R. Whitt
Denise M. Wickham

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