Annual celebration honors School of Education donors and scholarship recipients

The UMKC School of Education’s annual Scholar Donor Lunch, held this year on September 15, recognized more than 60 student scholarship recipients, along with more than 40 individual, family, non-profit and corporate donors who fund these scholarships.


Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, provost and executive vice chancellor, expressed her appreciation to the donors in attendance.


“Donor support makes it possible for the School of Education to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals and administrators,” Bichelmeyer said. “They are helping to resolve not only America’s, but Kansas City’s need for more educators committed to serving our urban communities.”


Dean Justin Perry served as master of ceremonies and introduced three guest speakers: Gabrielle Isom, M.A. candidate in School Counseling; Ciera Dunnell Kelley (B.A. ’11, M.A. ’13); and Irvin Parga, B.A. candidate for Middle School Math, who poignantly shared their stories, clearly showcasing their commitment to educating and serving as advocates for youth.