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DSU’s Nicholas Johnson awarded prestigious scholarship from Mississippi Professional Educators

Nicholas Johnson, winner of the 2024 Linda Anglin Teacher Preparation Scholarship.

CLEVELAND, Miss. — Nicholas Johnson, an Education major at Delta State University, has been awarded the 2024 Linda Anglin Teacher Preparation Scholarship by the Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE). This esteemed scholarship awards Johnson with $500 towards his academic pursuits. Additionally, Johnson will receive a complimentary membership to MPE for his inaugural year as a teacher.

A resident of Cleveland, Johnson embodies the spirit of academic excellence and leadership. Alongside his studies, Johnson is an active participant in numerous campus organizations, including the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, Union Council Board, Student Government Association, and is the president of the National Society of Leadership Success honor society.

Johnson said, “Receiving the teacher scholarship from MPE is not just a recognition of my dedication to education, but also an affirmation of the value placed on empowering educators to make a difference in classrooms. This scholarship serves as both a financial support and a symbol of encouragement, fueling my passion to continue fostering a nurturing learning environment for all my future students. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity.”

Nicole Spinks, Instructor of Teacher Education at Delta State, was one of Johnson’s professors for several semesters. She expressed her admiration for Johnson, saying, “During his time at Delta State, Nick has been active in organizations on campus, such as SGA, with elementary education organizations, volunteering his time for The Janie Allen-Bradley Bedtime Story Hour, assisting with recruitment activities, and served as a co-presenter with faculty in Biloxi at the Mississippi Literacy Association’s Winter Conference. Nick has a passion for education and a heart for service; the impression he will leave on his future students will be as lasting as the one he has had on our elementary education program.”

Established in 1979, the Mississippi Professional Educators stands as the largest and premier organization dedicated to the advancement of professional educators throughout Mississippi. With a membership exceeding 12,500 teachers, administrators, and support personnel, MPE is committed to elevating the standard of education across the state. Serving individuals from pre-K through graduate education in both public and private institutions, MPE’s mission revolves around promoting superior educational experiences for Mississippi’s children.

MPE’s dedication to fostering excellence extends to its annual scholarship program, which recognizes outstanding student members from each School of Education at Mississippi’s fifteen public and private institutions of higher learning. Johnson’s receipt of the 2024 Linda Anglin Teacher Preparation Scholarship underscores his commitment to academic excellence and leadership within the field of education.

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