Scholarship Recipients

2023 Virginia Chandler Dykes Scholars

Jennifer Conner

Jennifer Conner
College of Arts & Sciences

Jennifer Conner is a scholar and professor of rhetoric and composition with research interests that intersect at Black feminist rhetoric, communication theory, and activism. She has nearly 19 years of experience in education, teaching courses in English language arts, speech communication and first-year writing. She has worked as a freelance journalist for several years, writing articles focused on the African-American community throughout New Orleans, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas. As a scholar, she seeks to combine what she's gained in scholarship and in public sites of learning to create constructive, intersectional discourse about social reform in diverse communities. Currently, she is working on a study analyzing the communication self-efficacy of Black women English educators in Texas classrooms. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family as a wife and mother of two daughters.

Kelsie Barta

Kelsie Barta
College of Nursing

Kelsie Barta is a Family Nurse Practitioner and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She works at the Lactation Foundation in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys providing compassionate support to families struggling with breastfeeding. She obtained a BSN from the University of Missouri, an MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and expects to complete her PhD in nursing science from Texas Woman’s University in May 2024. For her dissertation research, she developed and validated an instrument measuring the psychological needs of lactating individuals, and examined relationships between those needs, breastfeeding outcomes, and postpartum depression symptoms. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in academia.

Gladys Elena Roa-Albert

Gladys Elena Roa-Albert
College of Professional Education

Gladys Elena Roa-Albert was born and raised in Venezuela. In 2008, she and her husband, children left our homeland to embark on a new journey toward a promising future in Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree in bilingual education in 2018 and her master's degree in multilingual and multicultural studies in 2023, both from Texas Woman's University. With nearly six years of experience as a bilingual teacher, she has gained insight into the challenges that derive from a lack of resources and suitable curricula, hindering the path to a successful future for emerging bilingual students. Motivated by this realization, Gladys chose to further her professional development to enhance her ability to support emerging bilingual students, their families, and fellow educators. It is her personal commitment to contribute to the creation of a future brimming with hope and success for this community—empowering them to become productive members of this beautiful country while preserving their language, culture, and identity.

Ruth George

Ruth George
College of Business

Ruth George is currently pursuing her MBA and MHA from Texas Woman’s University. She was born and raised in Doha, Qatar, and moved to the U.S. when she was 13. She graduated with her BSN from Texas Woman’s University in 2021 and is currently working as a Registered Nurse in Dallas County. As a dedicated healthcare professional passionate about delivering exceptional patient care, she is excited to embark on a transformative journey by pursuing dual master's degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Healthcare Administration (MHA). With a strong foundation as a registered nurse, she is eager to leverage her clinical experience and contribute to the dynamic intersection of healthcare and business management.

Alondra Ammon

Alondra Ammon
College of Health Sciences

Alondra Ammon, MOT, OTR/L is a first-generation American-born U.S. Air Force veteran pursuing her PhD in Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. Her dissertation topic explores how the perception of equity and inclusion during Level II fieldwork influences competency in entry-level practice for occupational therapy students of color. With an increased demand to diversify the occupational therapy profession, Alondra hopes to create equitable and inclusive resources to support the recruitment and retention of graduate students of color and bring more awareness to help mitigate health disparities. Alondra is a recipient of TWU’s Jane Nelson WoMentoring graduate fellowship, which supports women in leadership and research. She has advocated on national television with Telemundo to speak on mental health awareness within the Latino community, and most recently was awarded the Recent Graduate Health Impact Award from Samuel Merritt University, where she serves as adjunct faculty.

Past Scholars

2023 Scholars

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Erica Garcia
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

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Thuc Huynh Nguyen
College of Business

 

 

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Anne Sullivan
College of Health Sciences

 

 

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Tracey Tyner
College of Nursing

 

 

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Connie Hicks
College of Professional Education

 

2022 Scholars

Roxi Victorian

Roxi Victorian
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Danielle Quintana

Danielle Quintana
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Kyle Karen

Kyle Karen
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Sarah Massey

Sarah Massey
College of Professional Education

 

 

 

Ngoc Nguyen

Ngoc (Thao) Nguyen
College of Business

2021 Scholars

Esther Oluwashina Ajayi-Lowo

Esther Oluwashina Ajayi-Lowo
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Stephanie Vela

Stephanie Vela
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Jennifer Whittaker

Jennifer “Jenny” Whittaker
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Elizabeth Hinderer

Elizabeth (Lyzi) Hinderer
College of Professional Education

 

 

 

Ibidunni Oyewole

Ibidunni Oyewole
College of Business

2020 Scholars

Aubree Evans

Aubree Evans
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Nisha Mathews

Nisha Mathews
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Lou Ann Hintz

Lou Ann Hintz
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Lorna Durrant

Lorna Durrant
College of Professional Education

 

 

 

Alex Conner

Alex Conner
College of Business

2019 Scholars

Paramita Basu

Paramita Basu
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Amie Bedgood

Amie Bedgood
College of Nursing

 

 

Janice Kishi Chow

Janice Kishi Chow
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Patricia Flint

Patricia Flint
College of Professional Education

 

 

 

Meghan Labiak

Meghan Labiak
College of Business

2018 Scholars

Geethanjali Ravindranathan

Geethanjali Ravindranathan
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Dawn Murphy

Dawn Murphy
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Kaye Rubio

Kaye Rubio
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Lorraine Cadwallader

Lorraine Cadwallader
College of Professional Education

2017 Scholars

Kamica King

Kamica King
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Katheryn Courville

Katheryn A. Courville
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Laurie Stelter

Laurie Stelter
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Julie Southward

Julie D. Southward
College of Professional Education

2016 Scholars

Erin Ellis

Erin Graybill Ellis
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Mary Kathryn Roberts

Mary Kathryn Roberts
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Veronica Thessing Rowe

Veronica Thessing Rowe
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Tara Signs Roush

Tara L. Signs Roush
College of Professional Education

2015 Scholars

Tawny LeBouef Tullia

Tawny LeBouef Tullia
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

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Heidi Gilroy
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Lenin Grajo

Lenin Grajo
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Lena Jackson-Lynch

Lena Jackson-Lynch
College of Professional Education

2014 Scholars

Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds

Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Angie Boisselle

Angie Boisselle
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson
College of Professional Education

2013 Scholars

Elodie Singer

Elodie Singer
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Lisa L. Ferguson

Lisa L. Ferguson
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Lt. Col. Steven M. Gerardi, USA (Ret.)

Lt. Col. Steven M. Gerardi, USA (Ret.)
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Jill Bellomy

Jill Bellomy
College of Professional Education

2012 Scholars

Tiffany Smith

Tiffany Smith
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Kathleen Shannon

Kathleen Shannon
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Heather Roberts

Heather Roberts
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Hannah Mills

Hannah Mills
College of Professional Education

2011 Scholars

Brenna Tucker

Brenna A. Tucker
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Briyana Morrell

Briyana Morrell
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Angela Shierk

Angela Shierk
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Rebecca Molidor

Rebecca Molidor
College of Professional Education

2010 Scholars

Ilana Morgan

Ilana Morgan
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Kimberly Bookout

Kimberly Bookout
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Kalyn Myers Briggs

Kalyn Myers Briggs
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Marlene Montgomery

Marlene Montgomery
College of Professional Education

2009 Scholars

Miranda Livingston

Miranda Livingston
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

 

Barbara Gruendemann

Barbara Gruendemann
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Jessica Lampert

Jessica Lampert
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Denise Ford

Denise Ford
College of Professional Education

2008 Scholars

Minyu Sun

Minyu Sun
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Debora Simmons

Debora Simmons
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Gilbert Perales, Jr.

Gilbert Perales, Jr.
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Phillip Stager

Phillip Stager
College of Professional Education

2007 Scholars

Jana Perez

Jana C. Perez
College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

 

Debbie Arbique

Debbie A. Arbique
College of Nursing

 

 

 

Claudette Fette

Claudette Voekel Fette
College of Health Sciences

 

 

 

Annette Torres Elias

Annette Torres Elías
College of Professional Education

2006 Scholars

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Gail Poskey
School of Occupational Therapy

 

 

 

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Patrice Caldwell
College of Nursing

2005 Scholar

 

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Fermond L. Washington
School of Occupational Therapy

2004 Scholar

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Evelyn Andersson
School of Occupational Therapy

2003 Scholar

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Hope A. Martin
School of Occupational Therapy

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