On June 10, Deborah (Carlene) Harwood was declared the winner of the first anti-bullying scholarship for graduate education majors. The scholarship was a joint effort between the Bullying Academy anti-bullying program (www.bullyingacademy.org) and the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) to help education majors learn about bullying.
Carlene, a graduate education student from Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education, won a $500 scholarship and a $250 Bullying Academy voucher. This voucher will allow her to implement the Bullying Academy program at the elementary or middle school of her choice.
Along with her winnings, Carlene also gained useful knowledge as a future educator. “The Bullying Academy website addressed ways for teachers and parents to handle bullies, which is great because it is difficult to know how best to deal with this,” said Carlene. “It is our protective instinct to naturally step in and confront the bully, but that can make the issue worse for the victim.”
The next anti-bullying scholarship for education majors is set for fall 2013. For more information, please visit www.cksf.org.