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Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship Fund

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Danielle TefftThe 2017 NCTE Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship recipient is Danielle Tefft, who teaches English at Veterans Memorial High School in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Wheadon Scholarship will assist Danielle pursue an M.S. in Reading at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, qualifying her to become a reading specialist. "I chose this path because my ultimate goal is to help students who struggle with reading and help all students find a love for a subject they think is not so lovable."


Nomination Deadline:  January 31

Purpose:  To provide funding for professional development experiences for English/Language Arts teachers working in public educational institutions. The scholarship supports postgraduate training to enhance teaching skills and/or career development in teaching.

Eligibility:  Applicants are required to be teachers of English/Language Arts in a publicly funded institution. At the time of the award, the recipient must also be a member of NCTE.

Criteria:  Applicants must complete the Application Form and submit a written statement of no more than 500 words indicating:

  • the professional development experience for which you seek support and include specific details such as course titles, planned dates of study, fees, etc.
  • why you feel that you should be considered for this scholarship and how it will serve you in your career.

Scholarship Specifics:  A $500 scholarship is awarded once each year. On behalf of the recipient, scholarship payments are issued directly to any of the following: accredited, degree-granting public and private two-year junior and community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and graduate and professional schools. Scholarship payments may be used toward degree or non-degree courses.

Edwyna Wheadon was a long-time member of NCTE and was active in the Houston Council of Teachers of English affiliate. During her lifetime, Ms. Wheadon established a scholarship program for teachers in the Houston area who desired to continue their professional development. Upon her passing in 2002, Ms. Wheadon’s family established the Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship Fund at NCTE to honor her enduring passion for supporting the career-long education of classroom teachers. The Scholarship Fund is a memorial to her vision, ideas, and work.

Deadline:  Send the completed signed Application Form and 500-word explanation statement by January 31 to or by postal mail to NCTE Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship Fund, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096.

Applicants will be informed of the committee's decision by March 15, so that the awardee can benefit from proposed activities during the following semester.

Past Scholarship Fund Recipients:

2016:  Laura Mullen, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston
2015:  Stacey Lynn Hughes, Anderson University, Anderson, SC
2014:  Alia Dickerson, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
2013:  Allison Amaro, Florida International University, Miami
2012:  Erika Schneider, University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau
2011:  Lisa Maucione, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
2010:  Sidik Fofana, The City College of New York
2009:  Melanie Masterton, California State University, Los Angeles
2008:  Christie McWilliams, University of Houston, TX
2007:  Linda M. Rapp, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
2006:  Kelley Jane Garvin Tijero, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
2005:  Kate Werner, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
2004:  Susan D. Polly, University of Akron, OH

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