Chipola College English professor and Writing Center Director at The Baptist College of Florida, Geraldine (Deanie) DeFelix, has recently received two different scholarships from the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, of which she has been a member since 1991. 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 90,000 members in 17 countries. A member of the Society's Phi Chapter in Florida, DeFelix is attending Faulkner University, where she is majoring in Great Books Literature.
Dr. Kathleen Harned of Tennessee, International Scholarship Committee Chairman, announced the recipients approved by the committee at Society Headquarters in Austin, Texas, with the following statement: "We granted 30 Scholarships of $6,000 each for the 2012-2013 academic year."
Recipients must 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 1013 women educators $4 million in scholarships.
At the DKG District I meeting in Pensacola, Florida President Carrie Frye awarded DeFelix a "Designing Woman" award in recognition of her International scholarship announcement. The Lois and Marguerite Morse Scholarship was presented to DeFelix at the DKG International Convention in New York at the Celebration Luncheon held to honor many members for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Society.
In addition to the international scholarship, DeFelix received a Mu (Florida) State Scholarship, as announced by Committee Chairman Kathy Avery from Sarasota. Local chapters in most states also offer scholarships/grants-in-aid to their members and/or to deserving young women who want to pursue a degree in education. In 2011 all three levels of the Society provided approximately $1,673,333.26 in scholarships for members. DeFelix encourages all members who want to further their education to consider this source of funding; high school students in this area should also explore the option of applying for the grant-in-aid offered annually by the local Phi Chapter, Martha Compton of Chipley, President.