Deborah (Carlene) Harwood, a student at Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education, recently became the winner of the first anti-bullying scholarship specifically for graduate education majors.
The scholarship was a joint effort between the Bullying Academy anti-bullying program and the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) to help education majors learn about bullying.
Ms. Harwood outscored 118 other graduate education students and won a $500 scholarship by taking a series of online quizzes based on the Bullying Academy website, www.bullyingacademy.org. She praised the program for addressing cyber-bullying “since many kids are being hurt through things like texting and [other social media channels.]”
Ms. Harwood also highlighted the important things she learned through this scholarship as a future educator. “It addressed ways for teachers and parents to handle bullies, which is great because it is difficult to know how best to deal with this. It is our protective instinct to naturally step in and confront the bully, but that can make the issue worse for the victim.”
The top 25 scorers also received a $250 voucher to help implement the Bullying Academy program at the elementary or middle school of their choice.
“Scholarships for graduate students are almost nonexistent,” said Daryl Hulce, CKSF founder and president. “It was rewarding to find a place where this type of scholarship can help an educator pay for school and make a difference in the anti-bullying effort.”
The next anti-bullying scholarship for education majors is set for fall 2013. For more information, please visit www.cksf.org.
About Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
Developed and administered at Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education, the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) creates unique opportunities for students of all ages by awarding scholarships and prizes through the use of Internet-based quiz competitions. Students who answer the greatest number of questions correctly in the shortest amount of time are declared contest winners. Since 2001, CKSF has awarded over $350,000 to 800 participants in the United States. CKSF scholarships can be used at the school of the winners’ choice. For more information on CKSF, please visit www.cksf.org.
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