A doctoral candidate in The University of Southern Mississippi's
Department of Educational Leadership and Research has received a
prestigious award that includes scholarship funding.
a teacher at Bloomingdale High School in the Hillsborough School
District in Valrico, Fla., is one of just six graduate students
in the country to receive the Finnis E. Engleman Award, presented
annually by the American Association of School Administrators. The
award includes a $2,000 scholarship.
honored to have been selected to receive this award," Rudes
said. "The scholarship money will help me realize some of my
dreams I've had about my career."
of the Engleman Award will be presented with a plaque and check
at the 2004 AASA Conference in San Francisco in February.
Rudes is taking
part in a unique opportunity offered at Southern Miss that allows
individuals seeking advanced degrees in educational administration
to do so by attending courses on campus during the summers and completing
courses off campus during the fall and spring semesters. This plan,
the Summer Program in Graduate Education, allows individuals currently
employed in school districts around the nation to take advantage
of advanced education opportunities without having to quit their
current teaching job.
offers degrees at the master's, specialist's and doctoral level,
which are NCATE accredited and nationally recognized
is extremely talented and dedicated to the field of education,"
said Dr. Thelma Roberson, assistant professor of educational leadership
at Southern Miss. Roberson is Rudes' major professor and dissertation
chair. "He has natural leadership abilities coupled with the
dynamic learning experiences he is receiving at Southern Miss that
make him an ideal candidate for educational leadership positions
anywhere in the United States."
is to become a school superintendent. He comes from a family of
educators, as both of his parents are school guidance counselors.
teaching, but I want to move into administration where I can better
serve and be a part of the decisions that need to be made in education,"
For more information
about the summer program in graduate education, contact Dr. Bobby
Moore, director of the Southern Miss Summer Program in Graduate
Education, at (601) 266-4487, or firstname.lastname@example.org.