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December 8, 2020

Wiafe receives $1,500 scholarship from national advocacy association

Submitted by Patrice Scott

Ernestina Waife

Ernestina Wiafe, graduate teaching assistant in the College of Education's curriculum and instruction master's program, was recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship for her academic work as a nontraditional female graduate student. 

The scholarship was awarded by the American Association of University Women, an organization devoted to advancing gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy for nearly 40 years. 

Wiafe said she was thrilled with the recognition and shared a quote by the preeminent Ghanaian scholar, educator and missionary James Kwegyir Aggrey when asked why education was so important to her. 

"'If you educate a man, you educate an individual but if you educate a woman, you educate the whole nation,'" Wiafe said. 

Kay Ann Taylor, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, said Wiafe is the ideal candidate for the award. 

"Ernestina is a committed and outstanding student who has contributed in many ways to the scholarship in our college, most obviously through her historical thesis research on the policies and curriculum of formal education in Ghana," Taylor said. 

Wiafe plans to pursue her doctorate once her master's is completed.