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Alston Earns Scholarship from Delta Kappa Gamma Society International

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Joanna Alston

Joanna Alston of Gulfport, Miss., a graduate student in adult education at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received the Emma Giles Scholarship from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Delta Kappa Gamma is an honor society for women educators that promotes excellence in education and personal and professional growth of women educators, leading in the field of graduate scholarships given to members and emphasizing leadership development for its more than 74,000 members in 17 countries. Alston is a member of the society’s Alpha Lambda Chapter in Mississippi.

Agnes L. Moynihan of Ontario, international scholarship committee chair for the society, announced the recipients following the committee’s recent meeting at Society Headquarters in Austin, Texas. The society granted eight scholarships of $10,000 each for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Recipients must have earned a bachelor’s degree, be enrolled in a recognized graduate program and have been a society member for at least three years to qualify for scholarship consideration. Since its scholarship program began in 1940, The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International has given 1,100 women educators $4 million in scholarships.

In addition to the international scholarships, many state organizations and local chapters have scholarship funds to assist members pursuing graduate study. In 2015 all three levels of the society provided approximately $492,143.19 in scholarships for members.

The honor organization of key women educators was formed in Austin, Texas on May 11, 1929, by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton from a nucleus of 12 founders representing all levels of education, kindergarten through university, from various parts of Texas. A professor of rural education at the University of Texas, Dr. Blanton was elected president of the Texas State Teachers' Association in 1916, the first woman to hold the office.  Blanton was also the first woman to serve Texas as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, having been elected to that post in 1918.