Published: Nov. 16, 2017
Scholarship Ceremony

With students, donors, speakers, and the dean each sharing their passion for education, the annual School of Education Scholarship Awards Ceremony united and honored more than 136 scholarship and fellowship recipients and supporters on Friday, Oct. 27. 

Astrid Clough McDowell and David Clough, sponsors of the Katinka Ponce Clough Elementary Spanish Teaching Scholarship, shared their passion for education and their inspiration, Silvia Katinka Ponce Gallegos de Clough, their late mother and wife, respectively, and a passionate advocate for both the Spanish language and teaching.

Their encouraging words flowed nicely into a speech from teacher education student and East High student teacher Jonathan Delgado, whose impassioned speech began with Buenas Tardes continued to inspire by encouraging the audience to use education as a means to enact social change and ended with a standing ovation from faculty, staff, students, and supporters alike.

“Let that passion for education become the triggering factor that will allow us to stop making excuses and start making changes,” Delgado said. 

The School of Education Scholarship Program has come a long way since its inception in 1993 when five scholarships totaling $2,500 were awarded to five students. This year, 136 scholarships and fellowships totaled $545,711 in support, and the ceremony celebrated student accomplishments and recognized the generosity of supporters. 

 View photos from the 2017 Scholarship Awards Ceremony


Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients 

ACS-Hach Land Grant Scholarship

  • Ally Collard
  • Zee Paquette

Alice Marine Memorial Scholarship

  • Emily Wesley

Anthony & Judith Cuzzucoli Scholarship

  • Adriana Montiel

Carol Robinson Reynolds & Charles L. Reynolds Scholarship

  • Trevor Sweet

Ceal Barry Education Scholarship

  • Julie Litt

Charles & Mildred Nilon Teacher Education Scholarship    

  • Julia Gentry
  • Penelope Sanches

Charlotte Spengler Westfall Scholarship    

  • Brielle Bazerque

Clifford Houston Scholarship

  • Astrid Sambolin Morales

David & Margaret Grohne Scholarship     

  • Ellen Gelman
  • Laura Knoblach
  • Ali Schwein

DiStefano Family Endowed Scholarship

  • Ryan Schafer

DiStefano Honor Scholarship

  • Morgan Clark
  • Luke Kelly

Dorcas Diana Wolf Scholarship

  • Katie Keeton

Edythe V. Billingslea Memorial Scholarship 

  • Laurel Payzant

Elizabeth Anne Wilson Scholarship

  • Francisco Torres

Fayne I. and Edward E. Weant Scholarship

  • Russell Anderson
  • Jason Yohnka

Grieder Scholarship

  • Jessica Isassi

Judy Carol Crites Herron Scholarship

  • William Clapp

Katinka Ponce Clough Elementary Spanish Teaching Scholarship 

  • Brenda Ortiz Torres

Lillian Gutierrez Scholarship

  • Jonathan Delgado
  • Jessica Isassi

Luke Dunivant Scholarship

  • Teresa Gotlin-Sheehan

Make a Teacher a Leader Scholarship    

  • Emma Chitters
  • Jake Netherton

Martha Reilly Smith Education Scholarship

  • Emma Ford
  • Kirbi McGinness

Mary Kay Brown Scholarship 

  • Allison Zema

Michael Gendron Scholarship

  • Caitlin Anderson
  • Joseph Waugh

Miramontes Doctoral Scholars Program

  • Derek LeFebre
  • Maria Martinez
  • Christopher Saldana

New Teacher Scholarship

  • Jonathan Delgado
  • Brenda Ortiz Torres

Pearl McPherson Spencer Scholarship

  • Kayla Conarro

Professor Janette Kettmann Klingner Doctoral Fellowship

  • Astrid Sambolin Morales

Sawyer-Ratliff Scholarship

  • Stephanie Moncada Mares

Scholarship for Opportunities

  • Brenda Alvis Arizaga

School of Education Special Tutorial Scholarship

  • Rachel Ducey

Siegel Scholarship

  • Shaila Hall-Korb

Steve & Nancy Ollanik Scholarship for Teachers

  • Naomi Mendoza

Student Teaching Scholarship

  • Stephanie Moncada Mares
  • Jane Song
  • Nathan Warrick

Virginia L. Sakala Memorial Scholarship 

  • Tyler Le Croy

Zola Family Endowed Scholarship for Social Studies Teachers

Jillian Martens

Education Diversity Scholars 

  • Kai Aptidon
  • Nataly Banda
  • Christel Benjamin
  • Diana Bustamante Aguilar
  • Esmeralda Castillo Cobian
  • Brian Cunningham
  • Zuri Juarez Delgado
  • Luz Macias
  • Laura Malaver
  • Danielle Mariner
  • Adriana Montiel
  • Nancy Mora
  • Brenda Ortiz Torres
  • Isaiah Otero-Tercero
  • Markus Padilla
  • Anisah Spahn

Multicultural Leadership Scholars 

  • Hope Archibeque
  • Elizabeth Burciaga
  • Janielle Burrage
  • Shehila Carter
  • Vannesa Castorena
  • Lizette Chavez
  • Noah Cisneros
  • Joseph Coulombe
  • Ena Curtic
  • Hoa Dao
  • Ehidiame Eichie
  • Mohamed Eisa
  • Jacob Elick
  • Marcus Espinoza
  • Alexandra Ferguson
  • Shyanne Freeman
  • Alicia Garcia
  • Olivia Gardner
  • Carmel Harrison
  • Hyun Kim
  • Debbie Landman
  • Jessica Leblanc
  • Laura-Elena Porras-Holguin
  • Jai Rajagopal
  • Angelo Rey
  • Jacinda Romo
  • Halle Sago
  • Dean Sandoval
  • Danait Senbetay
  • Alondra Sifuentes
  • Gabriela Solano Serna
  • Sue Song
  • Ebelyn Tapia Garcia
  • Fatima Tensun
  • Bimpe Thillot
  • Marissa Tracy
  • Michelle Tran
  • Samantha Tran
  • Phi Trang
  • Trang Trang

James Downton Community Leadership Scholarship

  • Olivia Gardner

Harry L. & Eva J. Puksta Memorial Scholarship Fund 

  • Zahra Abdulameer
  • Scout Azlan
  • Fernando Chavez Arroyo
  • Paola Chavez Arroyo
  • Emmanuel Cooke
  • Maria Lopez
  • Edwin Mendoza Olea
  • Marwa Osman
  • Alondra Palomino 
  • Emma Piller 
  • Rebecca Robidoux
  • Gabriela Solano Serna
  • Suyog Soti
  • Selyne Tibbetts-Pagan
  • Jasmine Tran
  • Helina Zemede

Noyce Fellowship 

  • Caitlin Anderson
  • Kevin Dentino
  • Nina Gustafson
  • Kevin Lowe
  • Adriana Montiel
  • Katie Ryan
  • Daniel Schwartz
  • Shala Wallace

Stribic-Martin Scholarship

  • Adriana Montiel 
  • Erik Weinberger

Future Scholarships

  • Carolyn L. & James R. Topping Scholarship        
  • Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship    
  • Jacqueline Frischknecht Scholarship    
  • Leonard M. Baca Fellowship                                  
  • Lorrie Shepard Scholarship
  • Women Investing in the School of Education (WISE) Scholarship

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