John H. Guyer Family Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of John H. Guyer, who was a coach, teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent in the Denton Independent School District, and intended for undergraduate students in secondary education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education Department of Teacher Education and Administration in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full-time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in secondary education at the University; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then undergraduate students enrolling full-time in Teacher Education and Administration at the University will be eligible for consideration.
  4. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average based on a 4.0 GPA system.

Corinne Gibson Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of Corinne Gibson, a graduate of the Class of 1937 and life-long teacher of elementary education, and intended undergraduate students in the College of Education majoring in interdisciplinary studies (elementary education).

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education Department of Teacher Education and Administration in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time undergraduate student at the University majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies expressing a strong desire to pursue a career in elementary education.
  4. Freshman applicants must rank in the top quarter of their graduating class and have a minimum score on the SAT of 1,000 or 25 on the ACT.
  5. Applicants who are not entering freshman must carry a 3.0 or better grade point average on 15 hours or more per semester at the University.

Violet and Eunice Garrish Cooke County Education Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of all teachers, past and present, from Cooke County, Texas, and intended for undergraduate and graduate students in Teacher Education in the College of Education.

Requirements:

  1. Be a graduating senior from a high school located in Cooke County, Texas, or a former high school graduate with one to two years of successful attendance at the local (Cooke County) community college in a pre-education curriculum.
  2. Have, and maintain through graduation, the intention of becoming a full-time teacher in the K-12 public school system upon graduation and certification.
  3. Meet the minimum entrance and academic performance standards of the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in effect at the time of any award (at least a GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 system).
  4. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless they have less than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program.
  5. Enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in Teacher Education at the University; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in the graduate Teacher Education and Administration Program through the COE at the University will eligible for consideration.

Note: The purpose of this award is to encourage and financially assist students studying teacher education at the University who have the intent of teacher at the K-12 levels. The intent of this fund is to provide one or more renewable "full scholarships" to a student consisting of all tuition, fees, and a book allowance. The award may be renewed for a maximum of four (4) years, or until the student has finished student teaching, taken the exit exam, and achieved certification.

Reva Sykes Friedsam Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of Reva Sykes Friedsam and intended for undergraduate students majoring in elementary or secondary education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full-time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in elementary or secondary education (or their successors) at the University; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in education at the University will be eligible for consideration.
  4. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate that they are from an economically disadvantaged background.

Dr. Kaaren C. Day Elementary Education Scholarship

Purpose: Established by Dr. Kaaren C. Day, a former UNT faculty member, for undergraduate students who are pursuing programs in elementary education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the department of Teacher Education and Administration (or it's successor) in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless the have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in elementary education or an advanced student whose background and interests are in elementary education at the University; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, the donor wishes the distribution amount to be held for distribution during the following year.
Note: This scholarship may continue to be awarded to a previous recipient on an annual basis in successive years if the recipient reapplies for this scholarship and continues to meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.

Laverne Gregory and William Earl Cooper Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: Established in memory of Laverne Gregory and William Earl Cooper and intended for undergraduate and/or graduate students in the College of Education who are interested in receiving a teaching certificate.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education Department of Teacher Education and Administration in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in secondary education or an advanced student whose background and interests are in secondary education at the University. In the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in Teacher Education and Administration at the University will be eligible for consideration.

R.C. Bradley Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of Dr. R.C. Bradley, a former distinguished faculty member of the College of Education at the University of North Texas, and intended for undergraduate and graduate Elementary Education students in the College of Education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education Department of Teacher Education and Administration in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in secondary education or an advanced student whose background and interests are in secondary education at the University. In the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in Teacher Education and Administration at the University will be eligible for consideration.

Dr. Watt Black Meadows Scholars Secondary Education Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of Dr. Watt Black and intended for full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in secondary education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education Department of Teacher Education and Administration in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in secondary education or an advanced student whose background and interests are in secondary education at the University. In the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in Teacher Education and Administration at the University will be eligible for consideration.

Bessie and Joe Killen Education Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of Bessie and Joe Killen and intended for full-time undergraduate and graduate students majoring in education and seeking a teacher certification.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full-time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in the College of Education at the University seeking a teacher certification; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in the College of Education will be eligible for consideration.

Note: This scholarship may continue to be awarded to a previous recipient on an annual basis in successive years if the recipient reapplies for this scholarship and continues to meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.

Tao Zhang

Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, Director, Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory
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Dr. Tao Zhang earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kinesiology from Shanghai University of Sport, and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2009 and has been at the University of North Texas since that time. He was a former lecturer and coach at Shanghai University of Sport and Shanghai Aquatic Sports Center in China, where he led his women’s rowing teams to win two national championships. As a Kinesiology scholar, Dr. Zhang has made more than 110 research presentations at international and national conferences, published about 50 refereed research articles and book chapters, (co-)authored more than 70 peer-reviewed research abstracts and conference papers, and completed 15 funded research projects in the U.S and China. His research focuses on supportive physical activity environments, achievement motivation, and youth physical activity and health promotion from social, psychological, pedagogical, and behavioral perspectives. He was inducted as a Research Fellow in the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) in 2012, and earned the Mabel Lee Award from SHAPE America in 2013. Since 2010, he has already mentored both undergraduate and graduate students who have received state, national, and international awards for their research. He earned the Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award from SHAPE America in 2017. Dr. Zhang has been a reviewer for 15 scholarly journals in Kinesiology and Education. He serves as the Editorial Board Members for the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Journal of Teaching, Research, and Media in Kinesiology, Journal of American College Health, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. He has also served on several committees of professional organizations (American College of Sports Medicine, SHAPE America, and American Educational Research Association’s Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education SIG), and received the Outstanding Service Award from the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health in 2012. Recently, Dr. Zhang hosted more than 50 visiting professors and scholars from Chinese Universities, including Shanghai University of Sport, East China Normal University, Beijing Sport University, Tongji University, and Hunan Normal University.

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