Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia education student Natalia Ellisonwas awarded the D. Keith Osborn Scholarship after being named Outstanding Senior in early childhood education for 2010-2011.
The scholarship is awarded annually by the College of Education department of elementary and social studies education. Ellison will receive a $500 scholarship, and her name will be added to a plaque, listing all recipients, on display in the department.
Ellison, of Loganville, will graduate in spring 2011 with a bachelor of science in education, with an emphasis on early childhood education. She also has received an award from the Golden Key Honor Society. Along with her collegiate activities, Ellison is an active volunteer in local bird and animal conservation groups.
Osborn was a professor of education and child development for 26 years in the UGA College of Education, serving as graduate coordinator for the department of elementary education from 1980-1993. Before coming to UGA, he was a faculty member and division chair at the Merrill Palmer Institute from 1952-1968.
As a consultant to the U.S. Office of Education in the early 1960s, Osborn helped develop 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. Also in 1988, he was a National Silver Medal winner for teaching.
For more information about the College of Education and the Osborn Scholarship, see www.coe.uga.edu.