DKG offers scholarships

By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

The Delta Kappa Society International want to invite qualified applicants to apply for scholarships/grant-in-aid, the Bess Lance Grant-in-Aid for an upcoming college senior education student and the Oneda McCuiston Grant-in-Aid for an upcoming college junior education student.
The scholarship recipient for 2016, was Jessica Duncan.

"There are a lot of scholarships offered for graduating high school seniors," Elizabeth Bounds, scholarship chair for DKG said. "These are scholarships for those who are in their junior or senior year of college and are majoring in a field devoted to education. We would love to have as many qualified applicants as possible."
Bounds said the organization had only recently honored McCuiston by naming the scholarship after her. The DKG will accept applications until Jan. 1, 2018, no scholarship applications will be accepted after this date.

"The DKG wants to help students who feel they are called into the educational profession," Bounds said. "We understand the financial burden for those who are striving for a degree in education. We want to help them achieve their goals with some financial support."
Previous President Suzanne Brasfield said the DKGSI has seven purposes and one of those is to stimulate the personal and professional growth of members and to encourage their participation in appropriate programs of action. Another of its purposes is to endow scholarships to aid outstanding educations in pursuing graduate study and to grant fellowships to non member educators.

"The society encourages standards of excellence in education," Brasfield said. "Lifelong education is so very important and DKG supports improving education at all levels. Education is the key to success in every aspect of life."

Lucille Armstrong, member of DKG, said the scholarships go to young people who are pursing an educational degree. The DKG want to assist teachers and prospective teachers with some financial help.
"We want to maintain quality in our profession," Armstrong said. "Even with scholarships and grants, obtaining a degree is incredibly expensive. We understand that and want to help."
Armstrong said several current members, including the current president were recipients of these scholarships.

"We are all about education," Bounds said. "We are retired and active teachers or we have some sort of tie to education. We want to see that great teachers are able to obtain their degrees. Teachers are retiring every year. There have to be teachers to step in and take their place. Teachers are the future of education for our children and grandchildren."
For more information or to obtain forms for the scholarships call 295-6093.

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