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Dr. Mary Barter Scholarship for Women & Minorities

Congratulations to Lynnette Williams, Elementary Principal, Hyde Park CSD, who was selected to receive The Council’s Dr. Mary Barter Scholarship for Women and Minorities.

The award was established to promote and inspire women and/or minorities interested in the field of leadership. The scholarship provides $2,000 to a nominated women and/or minority enrolled in a graduate study program through which the School District Administrator or Doctoral Degree may be awarded. Lynnette was nominated by Superintendent Dr. Greer Rychcik from Hyde Park CSD.

As the Principal at North Park Elementary in the Hyde Park Central School District, she serves 500 students and leads 60 staff members. Her goal as a leader is to be student-focused so she can support her team and students achieve academic, social, and emotional excellence.

“Lynette’s proven success as a teacher and administrator place her on a trajectory for exemplary leadership, and for making a significant and dynamic impact on all students. . .especially minority women,” Superintendent  Greer Rychcik wrote.

Lynnette co-founded some of the most impactful community reform movements as a teacher including Sister 2 Sister and Project S.W.A.G. (Society @ War Against Illegal Guns).

She was also awarded for being a “Teacher of Excellence” by the national acclaimed organization, Academic Innovations and has served as a keynote presenter in Los Angeles, CA at the “Focus on Freshman” event among other presentations.

She is currently pursuing her Doctorate at the University of Albany.  

This year’s award was sponsored by our Signature Partner NaviGate Prepared and was presented at the 2018 Winter Institute & Lobby Day’s closing keynote on Tuesday.

The Selection Process

The Dr. Mary Barter Scholarship for Women and Minorities, formerly the Pathways to Leadership scholarship, was renamed to honor Dr. Mary Barter as the first female president of The Council.  

Typically, one scholarship is awarded annually at our Winter Institute and serves to promote and inspire women and/or minorities interested in the field of leadership. It is awarded in the amount of $2,000 to a nominated women and/or minority enrolled in a graduate study program through which the School District Administator or Doctoral Degree may be awarded.

Applicants must be nominated by an active superintendent of The Council and send a completed nomination form to Council offices early December. Candidates are responsible for sending all required documentation for the award.

The Dr. Mary Barter Scholarship Committee, composed of active superintendents, screens all applications against selection criteria and reviews credentials for selection of one candidate in January of each year.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for the 2019 scholarship, please contact Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development, at deidre@nyscoss.org.