Erickson scholarship update (Oct. 2016)
Last fall, The Friends of Ken Erickson launched an effort to significantly increase the fund balance of the Ken Erickson Memorial Scholarship at the COE. The scholarship, established by friends and former students of Ken following his death in April 2003, is dedicated to graduate students in educational leadership. Ken was one of Oregon’s truly outstanding educational leaders. He was a high school principal (Franklin HS, Portland), superintendent of schools (Corvallis) and Director of the Field Training and Service Bureau in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. Ken mentored scores of Educational Administration students who as principals, superintendents, and state education officials made major contributions to Oregon’s public schools. In recognition of Ken’s contributions to the profession and public education the American Association of School Administrators awarded him the Distinguished Service Award.
When our efforts began in late September 2015, the fund balance was $40,000 and producing an award of approximately $1,700 annually.
Our goal still is to increase the fund to $100,000 by Ken’s 100th birthday, October 17, 2017, and ultimately to $125,000 by October 2019. Reaching our final goal would help produce an estimated award of $5,000. As costs of tuition and living expenses continue to rise, it is important that award sizes keep pace!
We are happy to tell you that as of today, we have raised $15,000 and the fund now stands at $55,000. Thank you for your support thus far of our good friend, Ken Erickson. This is a great start, but we have a long way to go!
We also want to share updates on the impact you’ve helped make on recent recipients, Susanne Stefani and HyeonJin Yoon.
Susanne recently finished her administrative initial license and is now working as a high school assistant principal. She wishes to convey her deep appreciation for the award that helped make her academic journey a little easier.
HyeonJin hopes to complete her doctoral program this academic year. Her research interests are in quantitative research methods and reading comprehension. Studying under Drs. Gina Biancarosa and Sarah Carlson, she is working to develop a reading comprehension assessment for third – fifth graders. She is also working with her advisor, Keith Zvoch, to develop evaluations that reduce bias and help increase accuracy of causal inference. Ultimately, HyeonJin hopes to obtain a faculty position so she can teach and mentor students in their academic careers, much like Ken Erickson.
Please consider giving a gift today in Ken’s honor. You can make a gift right now online, mail your gift to the UO College of Education, or contact Sally Dougherty, associate director of development, to learn how to make a gift through your estate to the Ken Erickson Fund.
To make a contribution online, type "for the Ken Erickson Fund in the COE" in the additional gift instructions section. To make a gift by check, make it payable to "University of Oregon Foundation" and indicate "Ken Erickson Fund in the COE" on the memo line. Mail it to Sally Dougherty, Associate Director of Development, University of Oregon — College of Education, 1215 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403.
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Friends of Ken Erickson Committee
Ron Burge, Bob Burns, Jerry Colona, Verne Duncan, Debbie Egan, Terry Lindquist, Jeanne Magmer, Larry McClure, Mick Palanuk, Tony Palermini, Greg Paus, Roger Rada, Ozzie Rose, Tom Schlimgen, Boyd Swent, Lee Wicklund, Steve Wisely, and Ron Zook