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UGA counseling student receives SREB doctoral fellowship

Athens, Ga. – Monica Coleman, a University of Georgia graduate student in counseling, has received a Southern Regional Educational Board Doctoral Scholars Fellowship.

Coleman, of McDonough, is a first-year doctoral student in the College of Education’s counseling and student personnel services program at UGA’s Gwinnett campus.

Coleman has been a school counselor at Dutchtown Elementary School in Henry County for the past five years and is a licensed professional counselor. Before counseling at Dutchtown Elementary, she was a school counselor at Luella Middle School for three years. Prior to becoming a school counselor, Coleman was a special education teacher.

Awardees must be in the first year of a Ph.D. program and a member of a racial or ethnic minority who plans to become a full-time college or university faculty member after earning a doctorate.

The award offers three years of direct program support and two years of institutional support from the scholar’s college, university and/or department, in the form of a $15,000 to $20,000 annual stipend. Each recipient also is awarded up to five years of university-covered tuition and fees. The award provides professional development support and covers expenses associated with attending the annual Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.

Anneliese Singh, assistant professor in the department of counseling and human development services, will serve as Coleman’s faculty mentor for the SREB fellowship.

Coleman plans to pursue a faculty position in counseling and supervision upon completion of her doctoral program. Her research interests include environmental justice and its relationship to access to educational and community programs and services.

Coleman received her master’s and educational specialist degrees in counseling in 2002 from Florida State University. She received her B.S. in interrelated special education from Alabama A&M University in 1999.