EFLT Doctoral Students Receive Scholarships

September 15, 2014


Three graduate students in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology were awarded scholarships recently.

Adult Education doctoral student Sola Aina-Popoola received the National Black Nurses Association scholarship. The $1,000 award was made by Dr. Deidre Walton, president of the National Black Nurses Association. Aina-Popoola is a faculty member at Tuskegee University, where she teaches in the Nursing program.

In addition to Aina-Popoola’s award, Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Metara Austin received a scholarship from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Austin received the State of Alabama, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Distinctive License Scholarship Tag Award. Funds for this scholarship are provided through the purchase of this specialty license plate by members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Offered by the Alabama Department of Revenue, the net proceeds from this tag are distributed to the sorority for Educational Development. Austin is also a doctoral student in Adult Education.

Tabitha Brecke, who addressed students and donors at the recent College of Education scholarship event, received the Alma Murphy scholarship from the American Council of the Blind, which is given to a graduate student who uses Braille. Brecke has taught Braille in the past, in addition to using it regularly. The ACB also asked that recipients attend its annual convention, so Brecke was able to travel to Las Vegas and network with other teachers and professors who are visually impaired, and experiment with new assistive technology.

“These three students represent an exceptional group of Adult Education graduate students,” said Dr. James Witte, Adult Education Program Coordinator.  “Each represents a specific strength and contribution and, in a broader sense, each contributes to the greater good of all those who come in contact with them.  It is a pleasure and honor to work with these three inspiring award winners.”