Fourteen Black Students Awarded Teaching Fellowships

Fourteen African-American college students have been awarded 2008 Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Each fellow receives up to $21,100 over a five-year period that begins this year and ends after they have completed three years of teaching in the public schools.

The fellowships were established in 1992 to encourage black and minority college students to pursue careers in teaching. This is the 14th year the fellowships have been awarded. A total of 351 students have benefited from the program so far.

Of the African-American winners this year, three are from Spelman College in Atlanta and two are from Pomona College in Claremont, California. Here is a complete list of the black fellows for 2008:       

Academic Major(s)
Ikeisha Daniels Pomona College Black Studies/History
Malika Davis Spelman College Child Development
Kylah Field Swarthmore College Education/Political Science
Chiemezie Ibekwe Emory University Theater
Ligaya Jackson Howard University Human Development
Brittany Leonard Spelman College Child Development
Candice McCray Pomona College  Black Studies
Rousseau Mieze Williams College Black Studies/History
Stephanie Okpala Duke University Biology/Spanish
Aneka Roberts Yale University Psychology
Christina Tilghman  Wellesley College Black Studies
Daniella Valerius Pace University Education
Albert Walker Texas State University Sports Science/
Lauren Williams Spelman College English