Dr. Norma P. McPherson was a lifelong educator, who worked in elementary education in various capacities for over 40 years. Throughout her professional career, Dr. McPherson was an advocate for children, and the well-being of her students was a top priority. Her career in education began in her native country, Jamaica, and continued with the New York City Department of Education, where she had retired after serving for 22 years.
Dr. McPherson believed that every child has the capacity to learn and achieve success. She embraced the idea that if students didn’t learn the way teachers taught, then teachers should be flexible and teach students the way they are best able to learn. Throughout her career, it was extremely important to her that educational communities provide an environment where children are challenged, supported, and given every opportunity to be successful.
This scholarship seeks to honor the legacy of Dr. Norma P. McPherson, by supporting two students each year, who embody the values and ideals she exemplified throughout her educational career.
In order to apply, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Early Childhood Education. In your application, write about how your upbringing has inspired you to overcome a challenge.