Dr. Jean E. Lokerson '70 (Ph.D. Education) established the Dr. Jean E. Lokerson Endowed Fellowship in May 2016 to support fellowships for full-time Ph.D. students pursuing a degree in special education. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and can be awarded this fellowship for a maximum of two academic years. Recipients do not need to reapply for the second year as long as they continue to meet full-time status and academic eligibility.
Dr. Lokerson's enthusiasm for teaching special education students became a lifetime learning of focusing on individual students. She realized that the field of special education needed more teachers who had the opportunity to explore and develop teaching skills that she learned from the many professors and educators in her degree programs.
My love of education was cultivated at a young age by both of my parents, who encouraged me to be both a pupil and a teacher in the "play school" they had set up for me and my four siblings in our basement.
After earning an elementary education degree from George Washington University, I began a formal teaching career. Some of my first students needed a great deal of individual help, and I was happy to assist them. My enthusiasm for teaching special education students soon became a lifetime of learning focused on individual students. I realized that the field of Special Education needed more teachers who had the opportunity to explore and develop teaching skills that I had learned from the many professors and educators in my degree programs. I then had a strong desire to get my Ph.D. degree and become a teacher of teachers.
I couldn't have made a better choice to further my decision than in the College of Education at the University of Maryland. The education I received here helped me develop the skills and knowledge to be a teacher of teachers, and for more than 25 years I have fulfilled this dream.
In appreciation to all at the College of Education, I have established the Jean E. Lokerson Endowed Fellowship to fund Ph.D. candidates in Special Education. Through this Endowment, special education students where ever they are, will benefit from the excellent program that I received at the University of Maryland. It gives me great pleasure to fund and establish The Jean E. Lokerson Endowed Fellowship in Special Education. The dream I dreamed so long ago to become a teacher of teachers will continue at the University of Maryland.