New scholarship pays tribute to family of Oregon educators

Amy Petti 2To honor her family, Graduate School of Education Professor Amy Petti has made a gift to establish a new GSE scholarship. The Brakke-Daggett-Petti Family Educational Leadership Endowed Scholarship will be available to students in the Initial Administrator Licensure (IAL) program. It is Dr. Petti’s intention to help teachers become school leaders, and to encourage others who share this goal to support the scholarship. The gift consists of $25,000 to establish and endow the scholarship. In addition, the gift includes annual support to ensure that at least one $1,000 scholarship can be awarded each year. Because most IAL students are post-master’s, there is little or no other financial assistance available for them.

The Brakke–Daggett–Petti Family Endowed Educational Leadership Scholarship honors and celebrates a family of seven teachers, principals, and Oregon educational leaders who have worked in schools for three generations. It all began with Beryl Muckle Brakke, who earned a teaching certificate from Vassar and passed on her love of learning to her daughter, Dorinda Brakke. At the age of 16, Dorinda completed high school with honors and gave her Oregon State University scholarship to her brother, Richard, who graduated with an engineering degree. Dorinda met and married Robert E. Daggett, a Willamette University graduate and a teacher and coach, who later earned his master’s degree and administrator license from Portland State University. Robert Daggett served over 20 years as a principal in Oregon and California. The Daggetts had five children, all of whom became public school teachers in Oregon. Their youngest daughter, Amy Daggett Petti, followed in her father’s footsteps as a teacher, principal, and director of school improvement. She is currently an associate professor for Educational Leadership and Policy at Portland State University.

These families, all Oregonians, believe that teaching and leadership matter in the lives of Oregon students, and there is no better university to prepare future leaders than Portland State. It is their intention to award this scholarship annually to a student who demonstrates a strong commitment to the power of education and who intends to use a PSU administrative license to create a better future for students in Oregon.

The PSU Graduate School of Education’s IAL program prepares educational leaders to lead positively, creatively, collaboratively, and proactively in our diverse communities. It offers prospective school leaders an experience that reflects the faculty’s commitment to teaching, research, and service, and mirrors the department’s mission to provide and develop responsive leadership.

To support this scholarship or other GSE scholarships, please contact Jaymee Jacoby, director of development at 503-725-4789 or

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