College of Education Scholarships
This scholarship was established in honor of Alice Narco Paul by donations from the Ada Pierce McCormick Little Chapel of All Nations, and others, for graduates of Tohono O’odham Community College. Alice was a prominent educator on the Tohono O’odham Nation, a founding member of the Tohono O’odham Community College, she was instrumental in the accreditation process, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Little Chapel of All Nations.
Amelia Maldonado was born in 1895 and was the youngest of three daughters of Francisco and Josepha Maldonado. Her family considered education to be a sacred honor, and Amelia became one of the first Latinas to graduate from the University of Arizona in 1919. After graduation, she began teaching at Drachman Elementary and was a pioneer in bilingual education. Maldonado Elementary School opened in 1987 and was named after her. Amelia’s niece and late nephew, Joan Brady Martinez and Francis Peter Brady, established this scholarship in honor of their aunt.
Bob Johnson was born in 1930. Growing up, he loved flying and became a member of the Kansas Civil Air Patrol at the age of 14. After moving to Tucson, he was one of the original founders of the Sailplane Club and an active member for many years. After working for the UA’s College of Education for many years, he retired in 1989 with the designation of Professor Emeritus of Special Education and Rehabilitation. He also worked as a private practice psychologist at PBSI Behavioral Health Clinic with his associates, Drs. Denny Peck and Tom McCabe. Dr. Peck established this scholarship in Bob’s honor to support students majoring in the College of Education’s rehabilitation program.
Carol Gilbert grew up in Idaho. Throughout her early schooling, she was a straight A student and was offered two full-ride scholarships to college during her senior year of high school. Sadly, her mother passed away halfway through her senior year, and after having lost her father when she was just eight, she stayed with her family and helped raise her younger brother and nieces and nephews in lieu of going to college. She did this for around 5 years until she met her husband. He was in the military and they had two sons after marrying. When their children were still young, Carol convinced her husband to leave the military and use his GI Bill so that they could both attend school. They both graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in less than four years, and Carol was just 12 credits short of obtaining a Master’s degree.
The family moved to Tucson in 1976 and Carol began working in the University Bookstores. She tried many times to complete her Master’s degree while an employee and a full-time parent, but ultimately her credits became outdated and could no longer be considered. According to one of her sons, Scott, Carol stayed at the University Bookstores so that he and his brother could receive the reduced tuition benefit. By the time that Scott did attend the UA to receive a BFA in Theatre in 1992, Carol was the Budget Officer for State Funds. In 1993, she told Scott that she wanted to go back to school and asked if he would do a Master’s in Education program with her. They enrolled at the UA’s College of Education and took classes for one semester, but eventually transferred to Northern Arizona University’s satellite program that operated in Tucson because it was better suited to their schedules. Scott finished in 1995 and moved to Minnesota, while Carol finished in 1996, at which time she was in charge of the budget for the AHC.
She passed away in 2000 after 24 years of service at the UA. Scott Gilbert, remembering his mother’s efforts to complete her education, established this scholarship in memory of her to support university students, especially student parents, who are attempting to continue their education.
Caryn Cropper Cole’s career in education has been varied and exciting. She received both a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Child Development and a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Arizona, and was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. After graduating, she worked as both an educator and administrator in Kyrene School District from 1993 to 2007, during which time she assisted in the development and implementation of the school’s missions, visions, and goals. From 1998 to 1999, she worked specifically as a behavior specialist, building home-school connections with at-risk students and their families.
After leaving Kyrene School District, she served as a site professor for Arizona State University from 2019-2010. In 2013, she took a position as Dean of Students in Chandler Unified School District and since 2014, has served as Principle of Sanborn Elementary School.
Caryn’s education philosophy centers on the importance of the social, emotional, and intellectual development of children, and places what is best for students at the center of every decision. She believes that all children have the ability to learn and it is the responsibility of educators to find out what motivates and inspires each of their students to learn in order to realize their dreams.
Aside from her career in education, Caryn is an avid sports fan, and animal lover, and enjoys doing anything that allows her to spend time with her husband and twin daughters. Her parents, Barbara and Gary Cropper, established this scholarship in her honor.
This scholarship was established by a gift from Mrs. Jean Brown.
This scholarship was established by a generous gift from the Tucson Chapter of the International Civitan Organization.
Civitan International was founded in 1917 by a group of businessmen looking to make a difference in their community. It is an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities whenever need arises. In the 1950s, the organization adopted a special emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. The primary focus of Civitan’s mission is the UAB Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. This facility researches disorders such as autism, Down syndrome, brain tumors, epilepsy, and others. Ongoing financial support from Civitan International also funds the Civitan-Sparks Clinics where children and families with developmental disabilities can receive diagnosis, therapy, counseling, and other resources they need.
The Tucson Chapter of Civitan International continues this commitment to helping children with developmental disabilities through the establishment of the Civitan Special Education Endowed Scholarship at the University of Arizona. This scholarship helps financially support undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Special Education and Rehabilitation, with preference given to students with disabilities.
This scholarship was established by a gift in memory of Clara Mabel and Mary Louise Rentfrow.
This scholarship was established by generous contributions from family and friends in memory of Cleet A. Clark, Jr.
Dr. John Taylor joined the University of Arizona in 1991 and served as Dean of the College of Education until 2002, while also holding a courtesy appointment in the Africana Studies Program in the College of Humanities. His research focused primarily on issues of leadership and policy for equality of educational opportunities and outcomes for all students, particularly minorities and black males from preschool to college. He also served as a research team member for the Military Collaboration Multi-Disciplinary Partnerships grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the leadership of PI Lynne M. Borden in the College of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, in which he planned and developed video techniques and observation instruments for research, professional development, and the evaluation of youth programs. John was also a co-principle investigator with Professor Doug Woodard of a three-year research project co-sponsored by the UA Office of the President and the NCAA that examined and reported on the status of academic and social cultures of UA student-athletes and the general student populations.
Dr. Taylor touched the lives of many students, a number of whom are current members of the Alumni Council. This scholarship was established to honor him in a way that passes education forward. Recipients of this scholarship are chosen by the Alumni Council Scholarship Committee and funds are matched by the UA Alumni Association.
This scholarship was established by a gift from College of Education alumnus Mario Ruiz to honor the work and mentorship of Cristina Polsgrove, a former College of Education staff member.
Dr. Darrell Simko was born in January of 1934 in West Virginia. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He then coached basketball at Case Western briefly from 1966-1967. It was in 1967 when he moved his family to Tucson, where he was an Association Professor of Exercise and Sports Sciences at the University of Arizona for 29 years before passing away in May of 1996. He was also a devoted parishioner and lector at St. Francis de Sales Parish. This scholarship was established by gifts from the family and friends in memory of Dr. Darrell G. Simko.
This scholarship was established by gifts from friends and students of Donna Mae Miller, former Professor and Department Head of Physical Education.
Darrell Sabers received his Ph.D. in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the University of Iowa. He worked as a professor in the University of Arizona’s Department of Educational Psychology with a research specialty of applied psychometrics, especially focusing on educational testing and research. He has received the designation of Professor Emeritus from the UA upon his retirement. This scholarship supports students working towards graduate degrees in Educational Psychology in the UA College of Education.
Dorothy Finley was whole-heartedly involved in her community throughout her life. She was born in 1920 in Douglas, Arizona to a cattle-ranching family. Because there were no high schools in her area growing up, she attended boarding school in California before returning to Arizona in 1939 to pursue her education at the University of Arizona. She graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and minors in Physical Education and English. She then started teaching at Wakefield Jr. High School as a P.E. teacher, coach, and English teacher. She then left teaching after marrying her husband, Harold, in 1947.
Come 1948, she and Harold had started a beer distributing business, now known as Finley Distributing. The company began with just one truck, which Dorothy occasionally drove, delivering beer around the county with her newborn son, John, joining her for the ride. Seven years later, she returned to teaching at Pueblo Gardens Elementary. She taught there from 1955-1959, during which time she returned to the University of Arizona to pursue a Master of Art in Education. In 1960, while still working on her Master’s, she began working as an administrator for Tucson Unified School District. Dorothy went on to serve as Principle of White Elementary for 14 years and Principle of Shumaker Elementary for six years. Her career as a principle ended in 1980 when she and her husband decided to travel the world together for two years.
Upon returning from their world travels, Harold Finley wanted to sell their beer distributing business, but Dorothy convinced him to reconsider. Harold agreed not to sell on the condition that she would take control over the business. Thus, she became CEO of Finley Distributing in 1982.
Between the beer distributing business, a career in education, and raising a family, Dorothy devoted enormous amounts of her time to her community, establishing connections with around 100 non-profit, academic, and professional organizations. During her years in education, she served as Chairwoman of TUSD Elementary School Principles and President of Arizona Elementary School Administrators. Those roles helped propel her to a position on the Pima Community College Foundation Board, as well as help her co-found the Women’s Studies Advisory Council (WOSAC) at the UA. She was also actively involved with organizations such as the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Tucson Economic Council, Arizona Historical Society, Tucson Urban League, Arizona Theatre Co., Children’s Museum Tucson, La Frontera Child Family Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and many, many more.
For all her dedication to her community, Dorothy received several awards, such as the YWCA’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1987, Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Woman of the Year in 1989, and the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in 2004, which she traveled all the way to the Pentagon to accept.
Dorothy often said that she considered her community to be her home, and she wanted to make it nice. After passing away in 2013 at the age of 92, her son John established this scholarship to honor all of her service to the Tucson community.
This scholarship was established by Drs. Edward and Shirley Garick in memory of Dr. T. Frank Saunders.
This scholarship was established by gifts from Dr. Sam Lee & Sallie SauLan Lee.
Dr. Dudley Woodard, Jr. received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from MacMurray College (IL) and a Master of Arts in Human Relations and Ph.D. in Counseling, Guidance, and Student Personnel from Ohio University. During his career, he served as Dean of Student Life at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan and Vice President of Student Affairs at both the State University of New York, Binghamton and the University of Arizona. Also at the UA, he served as Professor of High Education and Dean of the Center for the Study of High Education.
He is a past president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and past chair of the NASPA Foundation Board. He also served as chair of the NASPA Division of Research and Program Development, chair of NASPA Minorities Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MUFP), and a member of the NASPA Monograph and Journal Boards. He was appointed a NASPA Fellow and is a past recipient of the Scott Goodnight Award for Region VI. Previously he was also a CAPES visiting scholar at the Universidade Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil and was appointed a Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, England.
This scholarship was established in his name through generous gifts made to the University of Arizona Foundation in his honor upon his retirement from the UA.
This scholarship was established by a gift from the estate of Elsie Dailey.
This scholarship was established by a gift from the estate of Emil L. Larson, former professor in the UA College of Education.
This scholarship program was established by the College of Education Dean's Advisory Board with gifts made by Erasmus Circle Patrons and Erasmus Circle Benefactors.
The Esther N. Capin Memorial Scholarship was established by Esther’s five children in honor of their late mother. Esther was born in Chicago in 1934 and grew up in Los Angeles. She moved to Nogales, Arizona in 1955 after marrying businessman Richard L. Capin. During her time in Nogales, she was instrumental in the development of mental health services for the community, the founding of the Nogales – Rochlin Public Library and establishing the Santa Cruz County Family Guidance Center. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Arizona in 1977 and a master’s in counseling and guidance in 1979. Among her many philanthropic involvements, she was a supporter of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, as well as an advocate for education and fine arts – helping to bring programs to Nogales Unified School District and Stories that Soar to Flowing Wells Unified School District. She died in 2013 at the age of 78.
This scholarship was established by a gift made by Dr. Ted Tong in memory of his wife, Esther Tong.
This scholarship was established by a gift from the estate of Everett and Marion Holden.
Frank Robert Paulsen was born in July of 1922 in Logan, Utah to Frank and Ella Paulsen. He completed all of his higher education in Utah, receiving his Bachelor of Science from Utah State University in 1947, his Master of Science from the University of Utah in 1948, and his Doctor of Education from the University of Utah in 1956. In 1958, he earned a Kellogg Foundation postdoctoral fellow from the University of Oregon and later, in 1960, a Carnegie Foundation postdoctoral fellow from the University of Michigan.
During the time that he spent pursuing his own studies, he was building a life-long career in the field of education. From 1948-1951, he was a high school principle in Mount Emmons, UT and from 1951-1955, he was superintendent of schools in Cokeville, WY. He then went back to the University of Utah, working first as an assistant professor then a Professor of Education from 1955-1961. He then moved on to the University of Connecticut, where he was first a Professor of Education and then Dean of the university’s School of Education. From 1964-1984, he served again as a Professor of Education and then became the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Arizona. He retired from the UA in 1984 with the designation of Professor Emeritus of Higher Education. During his time at the UA, he was also a scholar-in-residence at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA in 1970 and a distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Bridgeport (CT).
Having spent a lifetime in education, Paulsen also wrote a number of books on the topic, including; American Education: Challenges and Images, Changing Dimensions in International Education, Contemporary Issues in American Education, and The Administration of Public Education in Utah.
Fred and Ann Boice have each lived fascinating lives. Fred was born in 1930 to Henry and Margaret Boice. Henry was the general manager of the Chiricahua Cattle Company (later known as Boice, Gates, and Johnson). He and his family managed ranches all around Southern Arizona where they raised purebred Hereford Cattle. Young Fred spent his summers helping his Uncle Charlie on the Arivaca ranch.
Fred’s family then moved to Tucson in 1937, where he later attended Tucson High Magnet School. It was here that he first met Ann Kelley (born 1932). After high school, Fred attended Occidental College in Los Angeles where he received a degree in economics, while Ann went on to Pomona College. After returning from Occidental, Fred enrolled at the University of Arizona to take some graduate courses. One December, he invited Ann to visit Arivaca ranch and two years later, in December of 1952, they were married. Ann herself transferred from Pomona to the UA after two years to earn a degree in education in 1953. They moved to Arivaca ranch the following summer where Fred took up cattle ranching full-time and began his own firm – the American Cattle Company - and Ann taught grades 1-4 at Sopori Elementary School. They had five children between 1954 and 1962. In 1968, the Boices moved back to Tucson. Fred commuted back and forth from the Arivaca ranch, while Ann began teaching kindergarten in the city.
Fred later became the President of the Arizona Cattle Growers Association, a founding member of the Tucson Conquistadores and served on the Arizona Board of Regents for eight years. Never one to sit still, Fred has also served on the boards of Tucson Airport Authority, Arizona State Parks, Tucson Metro Chamber, and many more. He has also served on the Tucson Medical Center Board of Trustees and as President of the University of Arizona Foundation. He is currently a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and a board member of Science Foundation Arizona.
Ann is just as involved in her local community. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, she also received her master’s in education from the UA in 1971. Since then, she has served as the chair of the Tucson Women’s Commission, president of the Junior League of Tucson, president of the Tucson Association for the Education of Young Children, president of Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona, president of Casa de los Niños Abused Children’s Center, secretary of First Steps Day Care Board, and chair of the Board of Trustees of Tucson Community School, among many others. She is currently an honorary member of the UA College of Education Advisory Board.
This scholarship was established by gifts from Dr. Teresa McCarty, the late James L. McCarty and others in memory of Galena Sells Dick.
Galena Sells Dick was a native speaker of Navajo, a language with approximately 160,000 speakers. She grew up in the community of Rough Rock, Arizona in Apache County. Rough Rock rose to national prominence in 1966 as the site of the first Native American community-controlled school, which is where Dick began her teaching career as a teaching assistant and later, as a bilingual teacher. Navajo being her first language, Galena witnessed how the values, rituals, histories, and family traditions of her community were passed down orally, thus, she came to understand how language was central to one’s identity and understanding of their community. She was the director of the Rough Rock Community School’s bilingual/bicultural program, designed to promote both literacy and spoken fluency in Navajo and English.
The George Price and Shirin Antia Scholarship Endowment was established by Shirin Antia, family, and friends of the late George Price. George was passionate about outdoor education and both he and Shirin had passions for the southern Arizona desert. They met at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum where he was giving a course that was entitled "Desert Survival" but was really a course about the ecology of the desert. In establishing this scholarship, they hoped to provide assistance to a student in education, at any degree level, but one who will be passionate about education, preferably be interested in outdoor education, the environment, and special education.
Friends and family of the late Gwynne Barthels Pedersen established this scholarship. Gwynne was a member of Spurs, Chimes, Mortar Board and Angel Flight, a non-profit organization that arranges free air transportation for medically related needs. She was also President of the Panhellenic Council and was chosen by Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges. This scholarships aims to honor her memory and dedication to her community, and provide support for outstanding senior women majoring in Education.
This scholarship fund has been made possible by generous contributions from family and friends of the late Herman M. “Cappy” and Lillian Capsuto. Herman was born in Chicago in 1923 and was one of eight children. At age 16, he moved to Texas to try to become a cowboy, but just a few years later, he enlisted in the military to fight in WWII. He was proud of his nine years of service in the Army and Air Force. After the war, he married Libby and began attending school part time for many years, finally receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education in 1966 at the age of 43. In 1968, he earned his Master’s in Speech Education and went on to become a special education teacher for children in Arizona, Germany, Japan, and Korea. He was active in the Tucson Jewish community, Jewish War Veterans, Sephardim of Tucson, and the American Legion.
This scholarship was established by a gift from the family and friends of Dr. Jane Gillespie.
This scholarship was established by the estate of Joseph L. Picard.
This scholarship was established by a gift from the estate of Kate Farness of Tucson, AZ.
Lauren Faye Edwards was born in 1989 in Coronado, California and moved to Tucson after finishing fourth grade. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2013. After passing away in 2014, her family and friends established this scholarship in her memory.
This scholarship was established by a gift from the estate of Marcia Manville Johnson.
This scholarship was established by a gift from College of Education alumna Marilyn Ludwig ('52, '56).
This scholarship was established by the estate of Marion Miller and Hortense Miller Helgesen.This scholarship was established by the estate of Marion Miller and Hortense Miller Helgesen.This scholarship was established by the estate of Marion Miller and Hortense Miller Helgesen.
This scholarship was established by a bequest from the trust of Maude D. Miller to establish a scholarship in the name of Mary F. and Maude D. Miller.
This scholarship was established by a gift from Frank R. Barreca, in honor of his late wife, Mary Wiggins Barreca.
This scholarship was established by gifts from family and friends in memory of the late Max Moe.
This scholarship was established by a generous gift from Dr. Denny Peck.
This scholarship was established by a gift from the Southern Arizona Foundation in memory of Nancy Evanoff Zahn.
Steve and Nancy Lynn have been married for over 40 years, and established this scholarship in their names to support UA College of Education graduate students in the Masters of Counseling Program pursuing a specialization in School Counseling. Nancy herself was a high school guidance counselor for many years, and Steve currently serves as the Chairman for the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board (First Things First) and the University of Arizona Health Network.
This scholarship was established by a gift from Nancy Berge and Craig M. Berge in honor of Nancy Lee and Arthur Anderson.
This scholarship was established through a grant from the Stocker Foundation’s Family Initiated Giving Program for College of Education students. Beth K. Stocker established the Stocker Foundation in 1979, with the help of her three daughters, as a way to formalize the philanthropy that she and her husband, Paul, practiced during their life together.
Between 1979 and 2009, the foundation awarded approximately $46 million in the areas of arts and culture, community needs, education, health, social services, and women’s issues. In 2010, however, after several years of strategic planning, the foundation’s competitive grantmaking focus shifted to prioritize exclusively on lessening the reading/literacy achievement gap for under-resourced prekindergarten through third grade public school students.
This scholarship was established by a gift from the estate of Ora J. Bretall.
This scholarship was established by a gift from the Danielson family in memory of their parents.
Paul Danielson was born in 1915 in Wisconsin. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1941, and was awarded his Master’s Degree a year later. From 1942-1946, her served in the United States Army as a classification specialist, psychiatric social worker, and clinical psychologist, during which time he married his college sweetheart, Ruth, in 1943. In 1946, they moved to Milwaukee where Paul worked under the guidance of the Veteran’s Administration. He entered the PhD program at the University of Wisconsin, earning his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in 1951. Later that year, the Danielsons moved to Tucson where Paul became one of the eleven faculty members of the University of Arizona’s College of Education. Counseling and Guidance was a new graduate degree program at the time, and Dr. Danielson taught the department’s seven courses. In 1966, he was appointed Head of the Department of Counseling and Guidance, and held that position until he returned to teaching full time in 1978.
Paul also served as President of the Arizona State Psychological Association and the Arizona State Personnel and Guidance Association. In 1977, he received the ASPGA’s Outstanding Member Award.
Aside from his professional career, Paul was also very active in his community. He was President of the Tucson Child Guidance Center, a member of the advisory committee for Tucson Unified School District’s Guidance Program, Tucson Youth Board, Family Service Agency Board, and the Pima County Mental Health Association. He retired in 1981 after 30 years with the College of Education. Paul passed away in 2008.
This scholarship program was established by gifts from Paul Lindsey and Kathy Alexander and provides scholarships to UA College of Education interns.
Pi Lambda Theta, established in 1910, is a division of Phi Delta Kappa International, and is one the nation’s most prestigious education honor societies. The society serves to recognize outstanding students that are pursuing careers in education. The Alpha Alpha Chapter in Tucson, Arizona established this scholarship to help future teachers with tuition.
Phi Delta Kappa International is a professional association for educators that brings together the field’s top leaders, thinkers, and creators to collaborate and inspire one another. The organization’s mission is to grow and connect leaders in education and members across vibrant learning communities; share proven research, innovations, and best practices; and empower members of the educational field to advocate for their students and their profession.
Phi Delta Kappa, Chapter 30, Education Honorary Fraternity established this scholarship in memory of deceased members of their organization.
The PCSRA was the first group in the State of Arizona to aim to improve teacher retirement. The organization began in 1950 when teacher retirement was just $50 a month. PCSRA exists primarily to maintain and/or improve the retirement benefits of school employees in cooperation with All Arizona School Retirees Association. Additionally, the organization works to support worthwhile educational movements to benefit public schools and future educators. Their generous gift to the College of Education has established a scholarship that annually supports an undergraduate student pursuing a career in the field of education.
The Regan McKenzie Callister Scholarship in Teaching and Teacher Education was established by Regan’s father, Keith McKenzie. Regan was born in 1979 in Tucson to Keith and Carolyn McKenzie. She received her bachelor’s in elementary education in 2001 and master’s in teaching and teacher education in 2002, both from the University of Arizona. She later married Brandon Callister and they moved to Chandler, where she was a volunteer animal carer at Pet Match Adoption Center and the Vice President of the Zoo Volunteer Council at the Phoenix Zoo. Regan passed away in 2017.
This scholarship was established by gifts from family and friends of Regulo and Esther Cuesta.
Esther Cuesta was born in Havana, Cuba in 1918. She received her Doctorate of Education from the University of Havana in 1949 and later opened a college preparatory school with her five brothers and sisters. She taught there until she immigrated to the United States in 1962 with her husband Regulo and their children. Once in America, she accompanied her husband on various jobs, helping him until she learned how to speak English. In 1965, she founded the Sociedad Cubana de Tucson and in 1970, she became a U.S. citizen and earned her Bachelors of Education from the University of Arizona. She then taught Spanish at Treehaven and Whitmore Elementary Schools and at Pima Community College, and gave private Spanish lessons to various professionals. She also worked as a program evaluator for TUSD’s bilingual program. Esther was ordained as a minister at United Fellowship Chapel in 1981, and passed away in 2006 at the age of 87.
Richard Ruiz joined the UA faculty in 1986 after having received degrees in French literature at Harvard College and in anthropology and philosophy of education from Stanford University, and after having taught educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for nine years.
From 1993-1999, he served as head of the Department of Language, Reading and Culture in the UA College of Education and as interim head of the Department of Teaching and Teacher Education from 2003-2007. Those two departments merged to form the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies, in which Richard was a professor. In 2012, he was named head of the Department of Mexican American Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and held many faculty affiliations in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching and the Program on Comparative Cultural and Literacy Studies.
Richard was internationally recognized for his research and scholarship in language planning and policy development, and was a consultant to the governments of Mexico, Australia, Guatemala, Bolivia, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Netherlands Antilles (Aruba and Curacao), Israel, South Africa, and native communities in the United States and Canada. In 1992, he was named to the Clinton-Gore transition team for his expertise in educational policy studies. In 2000, he was selected as a Distinguished Visiting Professor by the Mexican Academy of Science, and in 2001, he was appointed Director of Social Justice for the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2004, he received the Maria Urquides Laureate Award in the College of Education for his outstanding service to bilingual children.
Richard passed away in 2015 at the age of 65. His career was full of accomplishments and milestones, but what is remembered most about him by those who knew and worked with him is his sense of humor, his passion for social justice, his devotion to the UA, his direct and simple wisdom, his wit, his warmth and good nature, his uncommon ability, and how he motivated those around him to be better every day.
Jay Howenstine grew up in Elyria, Ohio and was an advocate for the education of the disabled. After a friend was injured in a streetcar accident, Howenstine began devoting his life to the betterment of available resources for disabled peoples. After his friend’s accident, he helped form the Ohio Society for Crippled Children.
After retiring in 1945, Howenstine moved to Tucson. He noticed that people with disabilities did not have adequate resources to function well in Tucson Society, thus, in 1953, he formed the Home Crafters; an organization that helped the disabled become more self-supporting and allowed them to work for a living. In 1956, a school for the disabled opened, and was named Jay Howenstine School in honor of his work. In 1997, the school’s mission evolved to include general education students in addition to disabled students. In 1999, the school was granted magnet status, and was known as Howenstine High Magnet School until its closing in 2014.
This scholarship was established by a gift from the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona for future teachers.
This scholarship was established by a gift from Mr. Rollah E. Aston of Tucson, AZ.
This scholarship was established by a gift from Sandra Rettke Nauman.
This scholarship was established by a gift from Sheryl "Jinx" Patterson.
This scholarship was established by gifts from the family and friends of Shirley Fisher.
These scholarships were established by the Smith College Endowment.
These scholarships were established by the Smith College Endowment.
These scholarships were established by the Smith College Endowment.
This scholarship was established by a gift from Patricia Whiskeman Tatlow and Richard H. Tatlow IV.
This scholarship was established by gifts from Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies faculty and other donors.
This scholarship is established by gifts from alumna Naomi Karp, the late Gene Karp, Sara Cohen and family and friends of the Karp and Silver families.
Naomi Karp has been a longtime friend and supporter of the University of Arizona College of Education, and she is also an alumna, having received an Honorary Doctorate in 2010 in addition to the Alumni Achievement Award. She served in the U.S. Department of Education for 20 years, 10 of them as Director of the Early Childhood Research Office. For another 12 years, she worked as a special education teacher. Aside from her career, she has also devoted a great deal of her personal time to education, having served on the National Association for the Education of Young Children Governing Board and as President of the Arizona AEYC, from which she has received their Leadership Award. Today, she leads “Great Expectations for Teachers, Children, Families, and Communities,” a First Things First professional development grant at United Way of Tucson.
The Matthew Georgelos Scholarship in Special Education was established by Matthew’s mother, Georgina, after her son was born in 2009. Georgina herself is an alum of the University of Arizona, having received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Education.
Georgina currently works as a dual-language teacher at the Mary Belle McCorkle Academy of Excellence, teaching in both English and Spanish. Many of her kindergarteners’ parents credit Georgina with the growth they have seen in their children and their newfound love of reading. To recognize her hard work and dedication in the classroom, the Educational Enrichment Foundation honored Georgina with the Evelyn Jay Excellence in Education Award in 2015.
To further her commitment to education and future educators, Georgina established this scholarship in her son’s name to support undergraduate students in the College of Education who are pursuing careers in special education.
Thelma Hadlock was born in July of 1919 in Jerome Junction, AZ. She was a retired US Army Major, having served on the USS Hope Hospital Ship during WWII. During the Korean conflict, she was in charge of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit, for which she was awarded a Bronze Star.
She lived a very long life, having passed away at the age of 103 in 2002. One of her nephews, James Truitt, and his wife established this scholarship in her memory.
James & Molly Hambacher Scholarship Program in Education
This scholarship was established by a gift from Molly Hambacher and the late James Hambacher.
James Hambacher was born in 1925 in Mountainside, New Jersey. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946 in the 343rd Regiment of the 86th Infantry Division (“Black Hawks”). He earned several commendations for his service, including a Bronze Star. After leaving the Army, he pursued a college education and graduated from both Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California and the University of Arizona. It was at the UA that he met his wife, Mary (Molly), and they were married in 1951. During his career, James managed several businesses in radio, cable television, and medicine. He was a lifelong Arizona wildcat and continued to support academics and athletics at the University. During his free time, he enjoyed golfing, gardening, reading, and the annual reunions of his Army divisions. He passed away at the age of 88 in 2013.
This scholarship was established by the estate of the late Tibor Von Jany of Tucson, AZ.
This scholarship was established as a by the estate of Theodore W. and Edna A. Schumann, family and friends to honor the memory of Timothy K. Schumann. Mr. Schumann graduated from the College of Education in 1966, went on to earn a Masters of Education with a major in History in 1968, and was later awarded a Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance. During his career as an educator, he served as a teacher in Palm Desert, California and as a counselor in both Tucson Unified School District and Los Angeles County High Schools. This scholarship is awarded to students who, like Mr. Schumann, have a special affinity for the field of education.
This scholarship was established by a gift from Tucson Electric Power Company.
This scholarship was established by gifts from the friends of Resplandor International, a nonprofit organization in Arizona.
This scholarship was established by a gift from Barbara Crawford Myers and the late Vernon Myers.
Vernon Myers was born in Sioux City, IA and attended the University of Arizona and Thunderbird Graduate School in Glendale, AZ. During his career, he owned an insurance and realty company in Benson and taught for many years around the state in Tucson, Sierra Vista, and Ajo. He was President of the Benson Rotary Club, Alpha Tau Omega Alumni Association, Midtown Sertoma Club (which supports people with speech, language, and hearing disorders), and a volunteer for Sun Sounds Radio Station and the UA President’s Club. For nine summers, he and his wife, Barbara, managed the American Youth Hostel in Ketchikan, AL. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, table tennis, poetry, dancing, photograpy, camping on the beach in Mexico, music, traveling, Native American history and art, UA sports, his dog, and getting to share a birthday with his wife of 56 years. He passed away in May of 2013.
Vernon Friedli help shaped the lives of countless young Tucson men. Vern coached the football team at Amphitheater High School for 36 years, shaping the lived of hundreds, even thousands, of eager young athletes. His impressive record of 331 wins for Amphi High School and a State Championship earned him induction into the Arizona High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame in 1986 and later, induction into the National High School Coaches Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
Besides his impressive record and his awards, Vern’s career, one that spanned four decades, was much more characterized by his commitment to his athletes than his love of winning. Those who played for him speak of his coaching system based on discipline, hard work, and sportsmanship – and how they came out so much better for having trained under it. They speak highly of how his leadership style could motivate anyone to do their best and always strive for athletic and academic achievement. Above all else, Vern cared deeply for his athletes and their personal and professional developments.
Vern retired in 2012, and passed away a few years later in 2017 at the age of 80. One of his former athletes and current Senior Vice President of financial services at the UA Foundation, Craig Barker, established this scholarship in memory of Vern and his life-long dedication to his players. Having received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the UA College of Education in 1961 and 1964, the UA is proud to call him an alum.
This scholarship was established by gifts from the family and friends of Mary and Victor Kelley, former professor in the UA College of Education.
This scholarship was established by a gift from the Eugene C. and Wiletta Denton Family Foundation.
This scholarship was established by a gift from College of Education alumna, Dr. Wilma H. Miller of Normal, Illinois.
This scholarship was established by a gift from Mr. Burton Schneider in memory of the late William I. Schneider and Florence Hemly Schneider.