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Dr. Mary Barter Scholarship for Women & Minorities

Congratulations to Linda Rivera Bradt, District Director of Bilingual, ENL and World Languages, Enlarged City School District of Middletown, who was selected to receive The Council’s Dr. Mary Barter Scholarship for Women and Minorities. She received the award on the final day of the 2020 Winter Institute on March 3rd. 

As a first-generation college student, she has experienced many “firsts” in her life and has discovered a love for learning along with a passion for advocacy for those whose voices often go unheard. It is for this reason that she has become known as an educational leader who has broken barriers in life.

Her recommendation states that Linda “stands out as rising star, one on track to becoming an excellent superintendent.” She engages with her colleagues about finding the best way to educate and support students by applying what she has learned in class to her work within her district.

Linda has worked collaboratively with the high school staff to improve the graduation rates of her district’s Hispanic students. 

She is uncompromising in her quest to improve learning experiences for scholars and parents who are new to the country and learning English as a new language. 

Finally, Linda never loses sight of the scholars’ challenges and needs and works diligently to develop programs to improve their academic proficiencies.

Linda is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Manhattanville College.

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 degree is award.

This year’s award was sponsored by Premier Silver Partner Right at School and was presented at the 2020 Winter Institute & Lobby Day’s closing keynote on Tuesday.

It was presented by Executive Director Chuck Dedrick; Gladys Cruz, District Superintendent, Questar III BOCES and Chair of the Scholarship Committee, and Council President Kevin McGowan, Brighton on March 3, 2020.

 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.

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.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.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for the 2021 scholarship, please contact Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development, at