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Dr. Mary Barter Scholarship for Women & Minorities

Congratulations to Dorothy Drexel, Assistant Principal/District ENL Department Chairperson, Plainview-Old Bethpage, 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. Dorothy was nominated by her superintendent, Lorna Lewis, Plainview Old Bethpage. 

As the Assistant Principal and Coordinator of ENL services for Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, Dorothy serves 789 students in a district of 5,200 students overall. 

Her work with students from high needs areas has created in her a sense of urgency about food insecurities and its impact on students. She entered her doctoral program with the intention to closely study this issue.

Her recommendation states that “Dorothy is a hard-working, dedicated and compassionate women . . . her doctoral findings will permit the school district to be most responsive to the needs of those students directly affected by poverty.”

Dorothy also designed curriculum to run a school-wide STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art, Math) day using the United Nations Sustainable Development goals as a framework.

Through this experience students designed creative solutions for eliminating poverty and hunger, spreading ideas about good health, and developing techniques for clean water, to name just a few. The theme was ‘becoming a voice to change the world, not an echo.” In 2018, she was received an Excellence in Education award for this project. 

Dorothy is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities at Malloy College in Rockville Centre. 

This year’s award was sponsored by Premier Silver Partner Delta Engineers, Architects, & Land Surveyors, DPC and presented at the 2019 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 2020 scholarship, please contact Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development, at deidre@nyscoss.org.