Students awarded Kappa Delta Pi scholarships

Two University of North Texas students — Hannah McDonald, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying English language arts, and Rania Salman, a doctoral candidate in the College of Education’s Department of Teacher Education and Administration —were awarded scholarships from Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kappa Delta Pi was established to further excellence in education and leadership. Each spring, the organization offers scholarship opportunities to active undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree-seeking students, along with professional members of the organization from around the world.

McDonald was awarded the $1,000 Sandra Jo Hornick Scholarship for undergraduate students. McDonald joined Kappa Delta Pi in January 2012 and served as an officer and social chairman. Salman, who is also a recruiter and undergraduate program advisor for the College of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology, was awarded the $3,500 Hollis L. Caswell Laureate Scholarship for her dissertation research entitled, The (Mis)Representation of the Middle East and Its People in Elementary School Social Studies Textbooks: A Postcolonial Analysis. Salman submitted her dissertation proposal as her writing sample for the scholarship application. She defended her proposal in February 2013 and should be completing her research next year.

"I chose this dissertation topic because I feel the geography and varied cultures of the Middle East are not accurately presented in textbooks," Salman said. "How people are represented, or more importantly, misrepresented, is a significant problem, and not just for Arab children or Arab people, but for all people."

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