Local educator receives $10,000 scholarship


Malinda Pennington


From Contributed Reports

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Malinda Pennington has received Edna McGuire Boyd Scholarship from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

The honor society for women educators 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 60,000 members in 17 countries.

A member of the Society's Mu Chapter in North Carolina, Pennington is attending N.C. State University, where she is majoring in curriculum and instruction.

Riitta-Liisa Arpiainen of Finland. International Scholarship Committee Chairman, announced the recipients following the committee's recent meeting at Society Headquarters in Austin, Texas.

"We granted eight scholarships of $10,000 each for the 2018-19 academic year," Arpiainen said.

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 1,121 women educators $5 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 2017, all three levels of the society provided approximately $428,005 in scholarships for members.

The honor organization of key women educators was formed on May 11, 1929 in Austin, Texas, by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton from a nucleus of 12 founders representing all levels of education, from kindergarten through university, from various parts of Texas. Professor of rural education at the University of Texas, 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 as Texas State Superintendent of Public Instruction, having been elected to that post in 1918.