UGA education student Matthew Seabolt named Osborn Outstanding Senior

UGA education student Matthew Seabolt named Osborn Outstanding Senior

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia elementary education student Matthew Seabolt has been named the D. Keith Osborn Outstanding Senior for 2009-10.

The scholarship is awarded annually by the College of Education’s department of elementary and social studies education to the most outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in early childhood, middle school and elementary education. Seabolt will receive $500, a plaque and have his name added to the list of recipients on display in the department.

Seabolt, from Hall County, is pursuing a double major in middle school education and sociology.

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.