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The Black Collegian's teaching scholarship program.

Two years ago, THE BLACK COLLEGIAN established the Teaching Scholarship Initiative because we saw the absence of positive Black male role models in the classroom as a serious problem in the African-American community. This program awarded twenty $1000 matching scholarships to African-American male students who are majoring in elementary education. Twenty colleges and universities joined us as University Partners by matching our $1000 with a $1000 tuition scholarship.

Last year, in addition to continuing the Teaching Scholarship Initiative, we launched the African-American Males Program Initiative. We praised, profiled, and publicized the work of programs around the country that are dedicated to "reclaiming the African-American male." We see these initiatives as the ripple to reverse the tide, to begin again to attract African-American males as mentors to and teachers of our youth.

Scholarship Recipients 1993

Dwayne L. Pettus Alabama A&M University

Dwayne L. Pettus, a junior at Alabama A&M University, is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in elementary education. His role models have been educators. Mr. Willie Thornton, a special education teacher, has given him wise counsel and a straight path on which to venture. Mrs. Judy Houston, his most memorable teacher, is primarily the reason he is attending Alabama A&M today. With her inspiration and his great interest in and love for children, Mrs. Houston and Dwayne knew that Alabama A&M was the right choice.

A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Pettus graduated from Robert R. Lee High School in the top ten percent of his class. At Alabama A&M, he currently holds a cumulative grade point average of 3.15 and is a member of Mu Omega Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in teacher education. His academic standing has placed him on the Dean's List for the last five semesters. In addition to academics, he is a member of the baseball team, the Nu Epsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the W. L. Harris Lodge #784 Masonic Organization.

After graduation from Alabama A&M University, Pettus plans to teach elementary children, to receive his master's, and in a few years, become a principal or a counselor. Because his philosophy of life revolves around manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and "uplift," he is most likely to succeed.

Wilfred J. Dunn Alabama State University

Wilfred J. Dunn is a 21-year-old senior from Lanett, Alabama, the youngest son of Ross and Rosa Dunn. He attended Valley High School in Valley, Alabama, where he participated in the marching band and Junior Achievement for four years. He is also a member of Hall Memorial C.M.E. Church where he served as musician for the Sunday School and the Youth Choir.

At Alabama State, Dunn became an active member of the ASU Mighty Marching Hornets (Treasurer and Saxophone Section Leader 1992-1993), President of Delta Beta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity (1992-1993), Secretary of Beta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (1992-1993), Chaplain of the ASU Panhellenic Council (1992-1993), the ASU Jazz Band (1990-1991), the ASU Pep Band (1990-1993), the ASU Saxophone Ensemble (1989-1990), the ASU Symphonic Band (1989-1993), and the SNEA (Student National Education Association). Also he is a resident assistant of George N. Card Hall, the 1991-1992 Most Outstanding Junior of the ASU Mighty Marching Hornets, the 1991-1992 Most Outstanding Brother of the Delta Beta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Most Spirited Pep Band Award recipient. He has been nominated for Who's Who Among College Students. Dunn is presently the pianist of Resurrection Baptist Church of Montgomery, Alabama.

Rufus Wright Alcorn State University

Throughout his educational development, Rufus Wright has been heavily influenced by his family. His parents impressed upon him at an early age that going to college was as essential as breathing. At his home, everyone attended college, so he felt that it was important to excel academically. With the support of his family, Wright did well enough in school to receive an academic scholarship. The members of his family include his father, Charles Wright, his mother, Rose Wright, and two older brothers, Wendell and Travis Wright. His father is a fisheries biologist and his mother is a sixth-grade teacher. Brothers Wendell and Travis have both received their college degrees.

Since his father's job involved many relocations, his family had the opportunity to live in Alabama and Kentucky, but Rufus considers Meridian, Mississippi as home. The majority of his primary education took place at Second Street Elementary in Frankfort, Kentucky. While in Kentucky, he had only two teachers as positive Black role models, and one of them was his mother.

Having gone to school in Mississippi has enabled him to realize just how much African-American children need to have positive role models. "It is my belief," says Rufus, "that all African-American males should get the chance to attend at least one class taught by an African-American male before beginning the fourth grade, because after this time many begin to lose interest in the academic side of school and begin to concentrate solely on extracurricular activities. My belief is that African-American teachers can provide the proper support that many young children need to keep them motivated, especially African-American males." After graduation, he plans to become the best elementary education teacher possible. Wright wants to attend graduate school and earn a doctoral degree in elementary education.

Eric A. Younger Central State University

Eric A. Younger, a 22-year-old junior at Central State University, is an outstanding African-American male who is preparing to become an elementary school teacher. Younger graduated from Lebanon High School, Lebanon, Ohio, in 1989. He was an active member of the Junior Council of World Affairs and the Spanish Club. Mixing high academic achievements with athletics, Eric Younger was named "Athlete of the Year" in 1989.

Entering Central State in the Fall 1989, Younger has maintained high academic standards (GPA 2.99), as well as played a leadership role in the Ohio Teacher of English Language Arts Association. His peers hold him in high esteem, electing him "Mr. College of Education" in 1992.

His goals are to become a strong, positive role model for children of all ethnic groups, to play a leadership role in implementing the America 2000 education goals, and to form strong support for community-based programs, both nationally and internationally.

Patrick E. Brooks, III Dillard University

Patrick E. Brooks is a junior special education major at Dillard University in New Orleans with a G.P.A. of 3.4. His career goal is to teach students with disabilities.

A native of Houston, Texas, he has enrolled in several education courses that "will enhance my career and educational endeavors." He completed the courses with a "B" or better.

Additionally, Brooks has been involved in many other activities. On a professional level, he has been a member of Student Council for Exceptional Children and served as president for the 1991-1992 school year as well as treasurer for the 1990-91 year. Community activities have included the Homeless Poor Project and volunteer work with children with disabilities as well as tutoring them.

His goals include graduate school to pursue a master's as well as a doctorate in the field of education. He also wants to work as a principal or run for a school board position.

Thomas E. Chatman, Jr. Elizabeth City State University

Thomas E. Chatman, Jr. is a native of Moyock, North Carolina, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Chatman, Sr. He is currently a member of Weeping Mary Disciples of Christ Church where he serves as Sunday School teacher, junior deacon, and vice president of the Young Adult Choir. He is also very active in his community. Currently a senior elementary education major, Chatman has a second major in psychology at Elizabeth City State.

While matriculating at ECSU, his activities and honors have been numerous. His activities include student supervisor for the Incentive Scholarship Program, president of the Psychology Club, student representative on the Teacher Education Advisory Council, the Buddy Program, Mr. Psychology, ambassador to the public schools, the ECSU Gospel Choir, SACS Booster Team, public school volunteer, North Carolina Association of Educators, Minority Leaders Fellowship Program, Washington, DC, and Association for Community-Based Education (internship), Washington, DC.

Chatman's honors include Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education, ECSU General Studies Academic Achievement and Service Award, Outstanding Leadership and Academic Achievement Award in Psychology, National Collegiate Minority Leadership Award, Who's Who Among Students In American Colleges and Universities, National Dean's List, and Chancellor's Emblem Award.

He plans to pursue a PhD in counseling psychology and eventually open his own private practice as a counseling psychologist.

Willie James Farmer, Jr. Fayetteville State University

Willie James Farmer, Jr., a native of Goldsboro, NC, is the oldest of three children of a military family. He is majoring in elementary education with a second academic major in history. He is currently a sophomore and was on the Dean's List for grades earned in the Fall, 1992 semester.

Farmer loves to read poetry. While in high school in Texas, he wrote poetry and editorials for the school newspaper. As a college student, he has participated on the cross country team at FSU. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., currently serving as treasurer. He attends St. Delight Baptist Church in LaGrange, NC.

Farmer has been employed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC, as a sales associate.

The person who influenced him most to choose education as a career was his aunt, Mary Ward, who is a principal at a high school in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Ward helped him to see the need for more African-American male teachers at the elementary level. Farmer likes to work with young children and feels that he will be able to have a positive influence on them.

Eventually he hopes to become a principal and then a superintendent of the school district. He thinks that he will be able to contribute substantially to the betterment of large, urban school systems.

Christopher B. Joiner Grambling State University

Christopher B. Joiner's job objective is to become an effective third grade teacher and to provide a positive outlook for the youth. At Grambling State University as an elementary education major, he has earned a 3.18 grade point average. Joiner has gained significant experience at Alma J. Brown Elementary School in Grambling, Louisiana.

His duties there are to tutor students in grades K, 3, 4, and 5 after school in the Extended Day Program and work with Mrs. Inez Joiner's 3rd grade class.

His extracurricular activities include membership in Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society for education majors.

Joiner's hobbies are reading, writing, and working with children.

Andre Kevin Briscoe Hampton University

Andre Kevin Briscoe was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the second son of Terry and Laurence Briscoe. Briscoe credits his parents with being positive examples for him and his brother. "Because of their example, my brother, Sean, and I were able to receive the best possible education, and we were able to grow up in an atmosphere that helped us to become respectable, productive Black men," says Andre. "It was through their guidance that I graduated from high school, and I am now attending what I feel is one of the best universities in the country, Hampton University." Despite the fact that his father died when he was just fourteen years old, he has used his image as a strong, hardworking African-American man to motivate his endeavors.

Briscoe thinks that his interest in education stems from his father. As an educator, Briscoe hopes to be able to have a positive impact on many other children who may not have a father like his to motivate them. "I look forward, with a deep sense conviction, to paving the way for other African Americans," says Briscoe.

In preparing for his future, he has become active in several organizations on campus. Since the beginning of his academic career at Hampton he has been involved with the Delaware Pre-Alumni Association and, as of this year, he has served as president. Along with the Delaware Pre-Alumni, he is also active in Hampton University's Pre-Alumni Council, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA).

Nehru K. Brown Jackson State University,

Nehru K. Brown was born March 27, 1973 in Cleveland, Mississippi, one of two sons, along with his brother Kenyartic, of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Brown. Nehru Brown is a member of the United Baptist Church in Cleveland, Mississippi.

He attended Cypress Park Elementary and Pearman Elementary, Margaret Green Jr. High, and Cleveland High School. As a college student at Jackson State University, he is involved in a number of extra-curricular activities and has received many awards including All-District high school football team, National Honor Society, Student Representative of his high school Student Council, D.R.E.A.M. (youths against drugs volunteer), March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon, Jackson State University summer research participant for prospective graduate students, Dean's List Scholar, and President's List Scholar.

Stephen Elam Johnson C. Smith University

Stephen Elam was born in Miami, Florida and moved to Asheville, North Carolina at a very young age and resided there until the age of fifteen. He left home to enter Randolph Macon Military Academy in Fort Royal, Virginia.

About his early education years, he thinks that fourth grade was the best because of a very important African-American male educator named Mr. Williams. "Mr. Williams took me under his wing when I had problems in math and English," says Elam. "He spent countless hours after school giving me that extra help in subjects that were very difficult for me. Mr. Williams was a role model to me in education. He taught me that if you are not as gifted as some other students in certain subjects, do the best you can because hard work can overcome any lack of talent."

Since entering Johnson C. Smith University, Elam has tried to uphold high educational principles. His educational activities include being a member of the Pre-Teacher Preparation Program, which consists of tutoring at various schools, and recently becoming a member of the Student North Carolina Association of Educators.

Elam believes that many young African-American males get discouraged in education and give up, not because they are unintelligent but because they have special needs that are often not met.

Jonathan Govan Mississippi Valley State University

Jonathan Govan is the son of Mrs. Mary Ann Govan and the late Johnny Govan of Greenville, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Greenville High School, where he performed in the high school band and was a varsity participant on the Greenville High Hornets track team.

The junior elementary education major has set his career goal to become a certified elementary school teacher. He also plans to continue the development of his skills in music and become involved in the music industry.

The most significant of Govan's many co-curricular activities at MVSU is his involvement in the Paradigm for Longitudinal Acceleration to Nisus (PLAN), a support group whose purpose is to facilitate appropriate actions for growth to manhood through activities ranging from personal growth and self-discovery seminars to weight lifting, swimming, and learning to play a musical instrument. The PLAN group develops cohesiveness among its members and contributes positively to the overall campus environment.

With a 3.45 grade point average, Govan is continuing the strong academic tradition set by his parents, who graduated from MVSU.

Dwaine Millard Morgan State University

Dwaine Millard was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Silver Spring, MD.

Since attending Morgan, the junior education major has received academic honors from Alpha Kappa Mu, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Promethean Kappa Tau. Outside of school he works part time as sales representative for cable television and is co-owner of a silkscreening store. His many activities include being assistant to Delegate Delores Kelley, tutoring students, and president of the education honors society. He has strong interests in music, basketball, reading, and helping others.

His objectives are to become superintendent of an urban school system or to create his own school, as well as build his businesses in order to take part in the economic growth of the community. "The people who help me to strive for my goals are my girlfriend, my roommates, my professors, and, most importantly, my family," says Millard.

Paul Vincent Ratcliff, Sr. Norfolk State University

In 1970, Paul Ratcliff entered the U.S. Marine Corp. In 1973, he attended the U.S. Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Officer School. He completed his tour of duty with the Marine Corps in 1974 with an honorable discharge. In 1975, Ratcliff worked as a helper at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. Since 1976, he has held the position of dock mechanic at NORSHIPCO in Norfolk, Virginia.

From 1976 to 1979, while working as a dock mechanic, he attended Norfolk State as a part-time student. In 1992, he returned to Norfolk State to major in history education/early childhood.

Ratcliff is a deacon at St. Mary's Church of Deliverance in Norfolk. His awards include the Kellogg Scholarship (1976) from Norfolk State and the Harrison B. Wilson Honors in Teaching Fellowship.

Brian Ford Paul Quinn College

Brian Ford says that the reason he chose the education field was because of an incident that happened while he was living in Oakland, California. At that time he was a teacher's assistant with the responsibility to help the teacher conduct class. "I found myself being a positive influence on the children that I taught each day," says Ford. "The more experience I gained, the more interest I developed for teaching. Then I realized that loving teaching as I do, I could make a positive impact on students, especially male students." So he devised a plan to return to college, graduate, obtain a master's degree, and then pursue a doctorate in policy and planning. The first part of his plan was to find a college that offered a good education program. He heard about Paul Quinn College, which is known for excellence in its education program. Once he enrolled at Paul Quinn his plans were set into motion. Now he is taking steps to accomplish his dream of becoming a teacher and, says Ford, "I plan to pursue my dream until I receive my doctorate degree."

Larry J. Carter, Jr. Southern University

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Larry J. Carter, Jr. is the son of Betty and Larry J. Carter, Sr.

Carter is a product of the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana public school system, having attended Lilly White Ruppel Elementary, Allen Ellender Middle, and John Ehret High schools.

At Southern University at Baton Rouge he began studying business education. After exploring other areas in the Education Department, the elementary education curriculum seemed to best prepare him to achieve his career goals. He decided to focus on elementary education as his major course of study and minor in psychology.

During high school and college he has received many distinguished awards and scholarships. They include the Wilfred N. Crosby Scholarship (Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Gamma Rho Chapter), Who's Who Among American High School Students, Most Outstanding Wide Receiver (high school football), Most Improved Athlete (high school track team), National Dean's List (1988-89), and Outstanding College Student in America (1990), and THE BLACK COLLEGIAN's Teaching Scholarship Program (1992).

As an active student at Southern University, he has been involved in various organizations. They include New Life Campus Christian Fellowship (President) Southern University Ambassadors (Parliamentarian), Kappa Delta Pi, an international Honor Society in Education (President), Alpha Chi, an interdisciplinary Honor Society, Frontlash (AFL-CIO), and the Lincolnshire Community Organization-Youth Department (Co-chairperson).

He has traveled to Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC, to study at the A. Philip Randolph Institute. As a student representative of Frontlash, his assignment was to lobby on Capitol Hill on issues concerning student dropout prevention and the exploitation of child labor in China.

His interest has always been to help disadvantaged people become functional members in society. He dedicates two to six hours weekly during semesters tutoring elementary students and adults seeking a General Education Diploma.

He is also employed by Southern University as a Resident Assistant/Advisor in Washington and Bradford Halls, the honors dormitory.

Carter's goals are to pursue advanced degrees in administration and supervision with a doctorate in educational psychology, teach in the public school system, become a principal, and get elected to the Board of Education in Jefferson Parish, LA in order to influence policy and curricula in the classrooms.

Patrick B. Hardy Xavier University of Louisiana

Patrick B. Hardy is a native of Chicago, Illinois and is the second of three sons to Mrs. Peggy Hardy Burse. While a high school student at Harlan Community Academy in Chicago, Patrick was actively involved in Student Council, the Academic Decathlon, and the All City High School Chorus. Additionally, he served as Senior Class President, was student conductor of the Advanced Mixed Chorus, was a member of Who's Who Among High School Students, and was inducted into the Undergraduate Hall of Fame.

As a sophomore history education major at Xavier, Patrick has continued his pattern of excellence through his achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and thus was awarded the Xavier University Louise Drexel Morrell Scholarship for academic achievement and outstanding service. During his two-year tenure at Xavier, Patrick has acted as Co-Director of the Xavier University Gospel Choir, comprising approximately 230 members; a member of Nia Service Fraternity, established to promote fraternal bonding between African-American men and their younger male counterparts; a student mentor in the Southern Education Foundation's Teacher Mentorship Program, designed to encourage minority high school students to consider Teacher Education as a profession; and a volunteer to the Project Reach Another Person Program, formed to mentor inner-city Black male youth. Patrick's motivation to be service-oriented stems from a well-grounded foundation as an Apostolic Pentecostal who is inspired by his pastor, Dr. Horace E. Smith.

Keith J. Jackson Howard University

As an elementary education major at Howard University, Jackson credits his success to God for wisdom, guidance, direction, and the victory to succeed.

He also acknowledges his grandparents for bestowing unconditional love, morals, and genuine values, which helped him to achieve many goals which were thought to be unattainable for an African-American male in today's society.

He excelled academically and athletically in high school. In addition, he served as vice president of the Black Student Alliance.

He teaches and tutors underprivileged children, instilling self-importance, and perseverance. He tells them that the world is limitless to what they can accomplish. He is also a recognized member of the National Dean's List and an All-American Scholar. By making the Dean's List two consecutive semesters, he has begun his quest for success.
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