Wilkerson Named February Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to February Scholar of the Month Amanda Wilkerson!

Wilkerson is a doctoral candidate at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests are historically Black colleges and universities, college transition programming for first-generation, low-income students, and program evaluation, curriculum development, and instrument design for Freshman Year Seminar.

“Amanda is truly a dynamic educator, scholar, and individual,” said Wilkerson’s nominator. “Her passion for social change is one of her many facets that I admire and am inspired by. You never leave the same after having an encounter with Ms. Amanda Wilkerson, and her future college presidency will surely bode well for the institution being served under her leadership. It is my honor to nominate such an outstanding woman!”

Wilkerson recently was honored by Florida A&M University for “alumni achievement.” She currently has two manuscripts in preparation—in addition to working on her dissertation, Access and Student Success: A Mixed Methods Inquiry of the Perceptions and Experiences of First-Year Seminar Professionals at Florida Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Wilkerson aims to take the world of higher education and politics by storm, and there is no doubt that her presence in the field will continue to make monumental marks!

If you would like to nominate a Holmes Scholar of the Month, contact me at whitney.watkins@ucf.edu.

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Whitney Watkins

Holmes Scholars Council President, 2015-2017