Education scholarship awarded to SPC student

A prestigious education scholarship was recently awarded to SPC Educational Studies student, Brooke Rittenhouse. In addition to winning the National Association for the Education of Young Children Gera Jacobs Scholarship, she also will attend the Los Angeles National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference this November, all expenses paid.

Education scholarship details

Gera Jacobs was a passionate advocate for children and a well-respected author and professor. She passed away on June 22, in South Dakota. She served as NAEYC President from 2012-2014 and was very active in the association. She also taught early childhood education at the University of South Dakota for more than 20 years. She was a co-author of three books on helping children meet standards in developmentally appropriate ways and received international recognition for her work on behalf of children.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.  The Association advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

Funded by NAEYC’s Building a Lasting Legacy Campaign, NAEYC Conference Scholarships allow emerging leaders to experience the many opportunities for professional development and networking at NAEYC conferences.

SPC education scholarship recipient

Education scholarship recipient Brooke Rittenhouse.
Education scholarship recipient Brooke Rittenhouse.

Brooke graduated in July with her A.S. Early Childhood Education degree. She also earned both the Preschool and Infant/Toddler Specialization Certificates and her A.A. degree.  She is now in her first semester in the B.S. Educational Studies/Preschool Education degree.

Graduates of the Educational Studies program can seek employment as a trainer, evaluator, policy analyst, researcher, fundraiser, among others, in community programs serving children and families, workforce development, religious centers, rehabilitative services, adult education centers, charities, prisons, and hospitals.

They also can pursue graduate or professional studies in areas such as public administration, education administration, educational policy, educational research, fundraising and philanthropic studies, law, international diplomacy, comparative and international education, social work, staff development, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurship.

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