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Alabama State University Graduates Establish Teacher Education Scholarship (501 hits)

Dr. Johnny Sanders, Jr., and Dr. Rubye Coleman-Sanders who graduated from Alabama State University with bachelor’s degrees (1970, 1971, respectively) in teacher education, have created a legacy endowed scholarship in their names for first-generation, underrepresented teacher education students, who graduated from Bullock County High School in Union Springs, Alabama.

The scholarship will be funded through the Alabama State University Trust for Educational Excellence Scholarship.

The “Dr. Johnny Sanders, Jr., and Dr. Rubye Coleman-Sanders Teacher Education Scholarship Fund” will provide financial support for a first-generation underrepresented junior or senior undergraduate student who has been admitted to the teacher education program in the College of Education. In addition to the Trust Fund for Teacher Education Scholarship requirements, the student must meet the College of Education Teacher Education Scholarship requirements. Also, the recipient must be a first-generation student of underrepresented populations who plans to teach in underrepresented communities. The scholarship will be renewable, allowing the recipient two years to graduate (if he/she remains in good academic standing).


Dr. Johnny Sanders, Jr., is an award-winning educator who dedicated 33 years of his life to the fields of secondary and higher education as an educator/administrator.

A native of Enterprise, Alabama, Dr. Sanders graduated from Coppinville High School in 1967. He was awarded a football scholarship to attend Alabama State University. Dr. Sanders graduated from Alabama State University with honors in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation and a minor in Biology. He received the M.Ed., Ed.S . and Ph.D. degrees in Counseling and Human Development Services in 1975, 1976 and 1978, respectively, from the University of Georgia in Athens.

Dr. Sanders retired from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in December, 2008, as an “ Professor Emeritus” of Counseling and Development in the College of Education. He was the first African-American male to be tenured as a full professor at Winthrop University. During his distinguished career, he received several citations and awards, including the prestigious 2008 Counselor Educator of the Year Award from the South Carolina School Counseling Association, becoming the first counselor-educator at Winthrop University to earn this distinction. He was awarded the 1984 Anna W. Wilson Teacher of the Year Award by the School of Education at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Sanders has served as a consultant and lecturer on the local, state, regional, national and international levels during his exemplary career. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Dr. Sanders credits his parents, the late John W. Sanders and the late Helen Tindel-Sanders of Enterprise, Alabama, for instilling in him the value of a good education.


Dr. Rubye Coleman-Sanders has devoted her life to helping others achieve their goals in life. As an educator, she endeavored to instill in her students a desire to maximize their potential in order to live successful lives. She credits her own desire to achieve an education at the highest level to her parents, the late Bertha Jean Coleman and the late John Coleman, Jr. of Union Springs, Alabama, who inspired all of their children to excel. Building upon her parents’ influence, Dr. Sanders graduated from Carver High School in 1967 and enrolled in Alabama State University, where she earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education, with a minor in Library Science in 1971. She went on to earn a Master of Education degree in Business Education from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 1972, and the Doctor of Education degree in Business Education from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in 1977.

After more than 30 years of service in the field of education, Dr. Sanders retired from Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina, in 2004, as a full professor in the School of Education. Dr. Sanders has served as a consultant and lecturer on the local, state, regional, national and international levels during her distinguished career. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The Sanders established the scholarship to assist the College of Education at Alabama State University to continue to develop outstanding teacher education graduates of underrepresented populations that the institution is committed to producing. The gift demonstrates increased focus by the University on creating a culture of philanthropy, with alumni playing a major role. This scholarship is being established to commemorate the couple’s 50th year of graduating from high school.
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Tuesday, December 5th 2017 at 8:21PM
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