Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia College of Education student Kacey Brookes has been awarded the D. Keith Osborn Outstanding Senior in early child education for 2011-12.
The college’s department of elementary and social studies education awards the scholarship annually. Brookes will receive a $500 scholarship, and her name will be added to a plaque listing past recipients on display in the department.
Brookes, of Naperville, Ill., will graduate in spring 2012 with a B.S.Ed. in middle school education. She also has received the Del Jones Scholarship and the Carol V. Winthrop Panhellenic Scholarship.
Brookes worked with the Clarke County School District After-School Program as a volunteer math tutor. She also serves as vice president of community service for the Kappa Delta Sorority and volunteers for the Girl Scouts of America.
Osborn was a professor in UGA’s department of elementary education for 26 years. Among his many contributions to young children was his service on committees that planned the Head Start program and the Children’s Television Workshop, which created the popular “Sesame Street” program.
U.S. presidents and commissioners of education sought his advice on early childhood education. In a career that spanned more than 40 years, he made over 600 presentations and authored more than 100 publications.