Kayla Elliott is Holmes Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to Kayla C. Elliott, Holmes Scholar of the Month for November 2018!

Elliott attends Florida Atlantic University (FAU) College of Education where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education leadership. Elliott’s dissertation topic is The Influence of performance based funding on power and relationships at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Her research interests include higher education equity, higher education leadership, higher education policy, historically black colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, and more.

Elliott is the 2018 AACTE Holmes Scholars Dissertation Funding Competition winner and received $5,000 toward her dissertation research. In addition, she is a 2018–2019 NYU Steinhardt Faculty First Look Scholar and 2018 NCORE 2018® Student Leadership Development Conference Scholarship winner. She also was a panelist for Rise HBCUs, Rise! In March 2018 at the Club 1964 HBCU Symposium at Florida Memorial University in Miami. In November 2017, Elliott was an invited speaker at Florida Atlantic University Human Library where she presented the topic, “Historically Black: Living Our Truths and Learning My Way Through.” In 2014, she was part of the Teach For America Recruitment Team and served as a facilitator for its Summer Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Series Online/National.

At FAU, Elliott’s activities include currently serving as vice president of FAU Sister Circle and as a member of the FAU College of Education Diversity Committee during the 2016–17 school year.


Carlos Richardson

Holmes Scholar, Bowie State University