USC Aiken Education Major Earns Scholarship

October 18, 2016

University of South Carolina Aiken Chancellor Sandra Jordan, left, and Dr. Judy Beck, dean of the school of education, present the $1,000 Anne Richardson Gayles-Felton Endowed Scholarship to Alex Richardson, Class of ’19.  "Alex has a true passion for working with children, and his foundational knowledge will grow during his time at USCA," Beck said of the secondary education major who is focusing on comprehensive social studies.  "He is well on his way to becoming a great teacher.”  This national academic, leadership, and service award for secondary education majors who show promise as a future teacher is administered by The Association of Teacher Educators and the Advisory Council members of the Leadership Foundation of Teacher Educators (LFTE).  The award is named in honor of Dr. Gayles, a distinguished ATE member.  The Association of Teacher Educators was founded in 1920 and is an individual membership organization devoted solely to the improvement of teacher education both for school-based and post-secondary teacher educators.

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.