CLEMSON — The Southern Regional Education Board (SERB) has awarded scholarships to three Clemson University education doctoral students to support their plans to become college professors.

The students — Hattie Hammonds, DeShawn Preston and Edna Martinez —are in the educational leadership doctoral programs in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education.

The organization gave the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Fellowship to Hammonds and Preston. The award offers three years of direct program support and two years of institutional support from the scholar's university with an annual stipend. The program strives to increase the diversity of students who earn doctorates and become college faculty.

The regional body gave the SREB Dissertation Fellowship to Martinez. Given to those who are in the dissertation phase of their doctoral studies, the award offers a one-year stipend, university-covered tuition and fees, a research allowance and professional development support.

A Ph.D. candidate in P-12 educational leadership, Hammonds is studying the role of the principal at early college high schools and the impact of distributed leadership on high school reform movements. She is a research assistant in the School of Education and an adjunct English instructor at Greenville Technical College.

Prior to attending Clemson, she was a middle school English teacher and a dual enrollment English teacher. A native of Lumberton, N.C., she holds a bachelor's from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a master's from East Carolina University and a Master of Education degree from N.C. State University.

Part of the higher education leadership program, Preston works as a graduate assistant in the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education. He is a native of Atlanta and holds a bachelor's in history from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., and a master's in American history from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Martinez is a candidate for the Ph.D. in higher education leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences and a Master of Education degree in educational administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.

The Southern Regional Education Board is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with 16 member states to improve public education at every level, from pre-K through Ph.D.


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