Rowan and Bhukhanwala receive Keith Osborn Scholarships

Rowan, Bhukhanwala receive Keith Osborn Scholarships from UGA’s department of elementary and social studies education

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia elementary education students Stephanie Rowan and Foram Bhukhanwala have been awarded D. Keith Osborn Scholarships for spring semester 2007.

The scholarships are awarded annually by the department of elementary and social studies education to the most outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in early childhood, middle school and elementary education. Each will receive a $500 scholarship.

Bhukhanwala, the graduate student winner, from Raheja Mumbai, India, hopes her degree will lead to a career as a university professor. Rowan, of Lilburn, plans to attend graduate school at UGA while teaching part-time at an elementary school in Atlanta. Both students will graduate in May 2007.

Osborn was a professor of education and child development for 26 years at UGA’s College of Education, serving as graduate coordinator for the department of elementary education from 1980-93. Before coming to UGA, he was a faculty member and division chair at the Merrill Palmer Institute from 1952-68.

As a consultant to the U.S. Office of Education in the early 1960s, Osborn helped developed the Head Start Program and served for a year as assistant director. Later, he was on the planning committee for the Children’s Television Workshop, which developed the popular “Sesame Street” program.

Osborn received numerous teaching awards at UGA, including the 1987 Josiah Meigs Award, the university’s highest teaching honor. In 1988, he was named Georgia Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He was also a National Silver Medal winner for teaching that same year.

Alumni wishing to assist students seeking to become teachers of young children may donate to the scholarship fund. For more information, please contact Lauren Barrett, Director of Development, College of Education, 706-542-2267 or lbarrett@uga.edu.