Friends and family of Dilafruz Williams establish scholarship

Marysville PFAD 002 (Large)The friends and family of Dilafruz Williams have established the Dilafruz Williams Leadership for Sustainability Education Scholarship. Williams, PhD, is professor in the Leadership for Sustainability Education program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP), Graduate School of Education (GSE), at Portland State University. She served as ELP department chair from 2004 to 2007.

The Dilafruz Williams Leadership for Sustainability Education Scholarship will have an annual award of approximately $1,000. This scholarship will be awarded to students in the GSE’s Leadership for Sustainability Education program who exhibit leadership, dedication to social justice and environmental sustainability, and interest in scholarly pursuit of sustainability education. Preference will be given to those applicants who support learning gardens in the Portland Public School District and demonstrate commitment to children and youth in poverty. The scholarship is merit based, and financial need is a consideration.

The first Dilafruz Williams Leadership for Sustainability Education Scholarship will be awarded in the spring of 2015. Interested students are encouraged to complete the scholarship application now. The deadline for applying is February 1, 2015.

The Leadership for Sustainability Education program is a specialty for those interested in developing leadership skills in sustainability education. It prepares those who wish to educate for sustainable solutions in various settings, including schools, nonprofit organizations, local governments, and businesses. This program provides opportunities to address real sustainability issues through a theory-to-practice curriculum that includes ongoing community-based learning.

Williams is co-founder of the Leadership for Sustainability Education program and of the Learning Gardens Laboratory. She also co-founded the Sunnyside K–8 Environmental School in Portland Public School District. These successful initiatives address ecological and cultural foundations of K–12 and higher education with strong community-university-school partnerships. She was elected city-wide and served on the Portland Public School Board from 2003 to 2011. Williams is the recipient of several awards, honors, and grants and is a prolific scholar advancing environmental and social justice. She has graduate degrees from Bombay, Syracuse, and Harvard Universities in the sciences, public administration, and philosophy of education. This scholarship award reflects her commitment to advance leadership for sustainability education.

To support the Dilafruz Williams Leadership for Sustainability Education Scholarship, click here, or contact Jaymee Jacoby, director of development, at 503-725-4789 or jjacoby@pdx.edu.

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